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MPD officer expected to be okay after being "ambushed" and shot outside his home

The Desoto County Sheriff's Department said the Memphis Police officer was off-duty when he was shot at his home in the Miller Farms area Monday morning.

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss — A Memphis Police Officer is recovering after he was reportedly ambushed and shot while off-duty outside his home in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

According to a Desoto County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the officer was leaving for work and backed out of his driveway in the 12000 block of Cotton Row Drive in the Miller Farms subdivision about 6:00 a.m. Monday when a vehicle pulled up and started shooting. 

The officer then drove across his yard and into a neighbor's backyard before getting out of his vehicle and running to a nearby tree line. 

Investigators said the officer was “ambushed."  They said it's not yet clear if the officer fired back.

The officer was struck once by the gunfire but is expected to be okay.

The suspect is still on the run.

Anyone with information can call the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the case.

Memphis Police released the following statement: "An off duty MPD officer was reported as a victim of a crime that occurred outside MPD's jurisdiction. Due to the fact the officer is a victim of an ongoing investigation, we will not be releasing any additional information."