A suspect was fatally shot and two deputies were injured in a shooting when a law enforcement gang unit (including the deputies and Memphis Police Department officers) served an arrest warrant on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Memphis, Tennessee, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said.
SCSO spokesman Capt. Anthony Buckner told reporters that the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. when the deputies confronted the suspect inside a home and gunfire was exchanged, according to The Associated Press.
The first deputy wearing a bulletproof vest was shot five or six times in the leg, abdomen, and shoulder and taken to Regional One Hospital in critical condition, Bucker said. He then was sitting up and talking and seemed to be in good spirits, Shelby County Chief Deputy Scott Wright told reporters outside Regional One Hospital.
“He’s lucky to be alive,” Wright said.
Wright also said that the other deputy was believed to have been bitten by a dog. He was released from the hospital later Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.
SCSO and MPD are on the scene of a deputy-involved shooting in the 1200 block of Haven Circle. One deputy was shot and transported to Regional One in critical condition. A second deputy was injured and transported to ROH in non-critical condition. pic.twitter.com/CbKGJF99A9
— ShelbyTNSheriff (@ShelbyTNSheriff) September 18, 2019
Neither deputy has been identified by authorities.
The suspect was shot dead and then identified on Thursday as Willie Hudson, according to The Commercial Appeal.
Memphis police and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies also gathered in front of Regional One Medical Center that Wright described as a show of support for the sheriff’s office, and commented on the working relationship between the departments.
I see dozens of law enforcement officers hugging each other outside regional one. We are waiting on official word in what took place from @MEM_PoliceDept and @ShelbyTNSheriff @WMCActionNews5 pic.twitter.com/bWc2c7PCwe
— Kendall Downing (@kendall_downing) September 18, 2019
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the state’s police agency, took the lead in the investigation of the officer-involved shooting, WMC Action News 5 reported.
The Associated Press reported that the south Memphis residential neighborhood located alongside Interstate 240 was filled with police sirens and a large law enforcement response. Marked and unmarked police vehicles sped to the scene and officers set up a wide perimeter, blocking traffic and preventing some residents from reaching their homes. There were no signs of unrest following the shooting.
A report by The TBI was delivered to District Attorney Amy Weirich, who will decide whether to pursue charges against the officers or others involved in the case.
Buckner noted the risks that officers take while serving arrest warrants, and calling that part of the job “extremely dangerous.”