ATF offering reward after off-duty MPD officer shot while working as a security guard

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An off-duty MPD officer was shot after confronting two men while they broke into cars.

The officer was working security at St. Jude early Tuesday morning at Lauderdale St. and Alabama Ave.

Memphis Police released video of the incident on Facebook.

Police are looking for the two suspects and Tuesday night the ATF announced a $5000 reward for information on the shooting.

Memphis Police said the officer was off-duty at the time but working security at St. Jude in his official MPD uniform when he noticed men breaking into cars in the area.

When he confronted them announcing himself as a police officer the men got into a car and drove away.

However, according to the police, they came back.

“The vehicle then stopped the off-duty officer heard shots and then realized he had been struck by gunfire,” said MPD Public Information Officer Louis Brownlee.

The gunman fired two bullets at the officer, hitting the officer once in the forearm.

Brownlee told FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre the officer didn’t shoot back at the suspects.

The officer went to the hospital in non-critical condition and is expected to recover just fine.

Limited information on the descriptions of the suspects.

All we know is that they drove off in an older model four-door black Pontiac.

“Cowardice act by suspects breaking into people’s cars and the officer trying to do good work,” Brownlee said.

Right now, we are working to learn if that black Pontiac the suspects got away in happened to be the same car involved in an early morning carjacking hours before this officer-involved shooting.

St. Jude sent FOX13 a statement that said:

“The safety of our patients and employees is always our No. 1 priority. As confirmed by the Memphis Police Department, this happened to an off-duty police officer working security at St. Jude. This incident happened outside the gates of St. Jude, on North Lauderdale near the I-40 underpass. The officer is being treated at Regional One and is in non-critical condition. We are thankful for this officer’s service to keep the St. Jude campus safe and are grateful he’s OK.

The campus gate on North Lauderdale will be closed until the scene is cleared and security has assessed that it’s safe to reopen.”