“Don’t make me shoot you:” Man arrested after pointing gun, assaulting officers, records show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police responded to a call about a shooting in the 300 block of N. Watkins on Jan. 26.

Officers saw the suspect, who was reportedly wearing all black clothing and a beanie, walking westbound on Overton Park Avenue from Cleveland Street.

According to an affidavit, officers attempted to detain the suspect and perform a pat-down search.

During the pat-down, the suspect, identified as Lay Ford pulled away twice while covering something on his right hip.

Ford then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officers, according to the affidavit.

Ford reportedly said, “Don’t make me shoot you.”

The officers retreated, and Ford fled into a wooded field. He was found hiding in a garbage can in the 300 block of N. Montgomery.

Ford physically resisted when officers tried to detain him, according to the affidavit.

After a struggle, he was placed in handcuffs and arrested.

He was taken to a hospital before being transported to jail.

Ford is charged with Resisting Official Detention and two counts of Aggravated Assault.