Man charged in attempted murder of UofM police officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say a man is behind bars after allegedly attempting to shoot a University of Memphis police officer.

The incident happened July 19 just after 3:30 in the morning, police said.

Officers responded to a shooting at the intersection of Spottswood and Patterson near the UofM campus.

According to an affidavit, a UofM officer saw a man wearing a ski mask running across the street.

When he turned his patrol car around, he saw two other men hiding behind a bush at 657 Patterson.

The officer said the pair were trying to break into cars in the area, records show.

The officer ordered the pair to get on the ground, then he heard gunfire and bullets hitting his patrol car.

One bullet went through the driver’s side door and hit the driver’s seat, according to the affidavit.

The suspects then ran to a silver sedan and fled.

Surveillance footage revealed the car was a silver Chevrolet Malibu.

One of the suspects, identified as Raterrio Laws, 23, was located Aug. 17 in the 3500 block of Pueblo Street, records show.

Laws admitted to his involvement in the attempted shooting of the UofM officer during the auto burglaries, according to the affidavit.

He said he planned the burglaries with the other suspects, but denied shooting at the officer.

He was arrested and taken to 201 Poplar.

Records show he’s charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder and Employment of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony.