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Driver charged, accused of exchanging gunfire with MPD officer in Frayser after attempted traffic stop

Memphis Police said the shootout happened after officers attempted to stop a car after running a red light.
Credit: Memphis Police Department
Alfonzano Hampton

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police said a driver has been charged after he and a Memphis Police officer exchanged gunfire after an attempted traffic stop.

According to MPD, about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2023, officers in the area of Mark Twain St. and Pueblo Ave. attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gray Nissan which they said ran a red light at Frayser Blvd. and Overton Crossing.

Police said the Nissan struck a curve east of Mark Twain street and the two people inside ran. Investigators said the driver took off from the car armed with a long gun. They said a handgun was recovered near where the passenger got out of the car.

Police said the officers chased both suspects. They said the passenger was taken into custody without incident. 

Investigators said as an officer continued after the driver in the 3500 block of Denver Street, the man fired shots at the officer and the officer returned fire. MPD said no one was hurt, and additional officers arrived to the area and were able to take the driver into custody. They also said they recovered the long gun the driver had taken off with from the scene.

The driver, identified as Alfonzano Hampton, 30, was taken to Regional One in non-critical condition from injuries he received while running through the wooded area. He was treated and released.

Hampton has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, reckless driving, evading arrest on foot, and resisting official detention.

We have reached out to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to see if they will investigate the gunfire exchange.

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Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Friday, March 24, 2023

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