MPD officer shot while trying to detain suspect in Hickory Hill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An MPD officer was shot in Hickory Hill Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1:45 PM, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) responded to an armed party domestic call in the 5900 block of Hickory Hill Square.

When officers tried to detain a suspect, the man fired a shot and hit the officer.

PHOTOS: MPD officer shot Saturday afternoon in Hickory Hill

Witnesses on the scene reported hearing two gunshots and yelling at a unit at the Park Apartments.

One witness even detailed seeing the suspect being chased by six officers and reported that the suspect attempted to get into a nearby apartment, but said police apprehended the male subject before he was able to get inside.

“It’s just ridiculous right now. It’s too hot outside. People are going crazy,” one resident told FOX13 anonymously.

Family members of the suspect, who did not want to go on camera, told FOX13′s reporter Lakiya Scott, that the suspect was holding a gun and was intoxicated.

According to the family, the suspect was allegedly tackled by an officer causing the gun to go off; however, this account has not been confirmed by MPD.

According to the MPD, while officers were attempting to detain the male suspect, the suspect fired a shot, which struck and critically wounded the officer on scene.

The officer was taken to Regional One in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition, MPD says.

The male suspect was taken into custody without injury, according to MPD.

FOX13 also learned the incident happened which some describe as a once quiet location.

“It scares me for my kids, for them coming outside, and you never know what might happen,” said one resident. “I’ve been starting to feel unsafe around here for quite a while.”

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland released the following statement on Twitter:

“Today serves as a constant reminder that each time our officers put on the uniform, they’re risking their lives to protect and serve us. They are certainly heroes. We thank the officer for his service and pray for a speedy recovery.”

This is still an ongoing investigation.

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