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15-year-old shot by Memphis Police officer charged with attempted murder, according to TBI

MPD said at some point, the officer fired at the teen in a stolen car, and the driver was struck before crashing at Chelsea and Boxwood.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday a 15-year-old boy in a reported stolen car who was shot by a Memphis Police Officer Monday is now charged with attempted murder and more.

The TBI said the teen, whose name has not been released, is charged with criminal attempt to commit second degree murder, aggravated assault against a first responder, and felony evading arrest. He remains hospitalized. 

According to Memphis Police, it began about 10:40 a.m. Monday when officers responded to a complaint in the 2500 block of Peres Avenue about a stolen vehicle with several people with guns inside. TBI said the report mentioned a gray Dodge Challenger with four armed people inside.

MPD investigators said when an officer arrived on scene, no one was inside the stolen vehicle, but while the officer was checking it, a teen approached the car and got into the driver’s seat. In a statement, MPD said “it is unclear of what transpired between the suspect and officer; however, the officer fired his weapon.” 

A video posted to social media by Mack Ty and shared with ABC24 showed the moments up to and during the shooting.

MPD investigators said the driver took off and crashed at Chelsea Avenue and Boxwood Street. The TBI said a second officer responding to the scene found the teenage driver had been shot. He was taken to Regional One Hospital in critical condition. A family friend told ABC24 the teen remained in critical condition as of 5 p.m. Monday.

MPD investigators said the officer was taken to the hospital “due to injuries received during the event.” TBI said the officer was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

The TBI said it was not identifying the identity of the shooting victim or releasing his age - only referring to him as a juvenile.

MPD said Tuesday morning "The officer's name is not being released at this time."

Credit: WATN

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