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TBI: Man charged after two Memphis Police officers shot, seriously injured in Whitehaven

According to MPD, around 7:30 p.m., officers responded to an armed person call at the 1200 block of East Raines Road, when shots were fired.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said a Memphis man has been charged after two Memphis Police officers were seriously injured in a shooting in Whitehaven Thursday night.

MPD said Friday morning one officer has been released from the hospital, the other is stable.

The TBI said early Friday morning, agents secured warrants charging Charles Williams II with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Williams was also seriously injured in the incident and the TBI said he remains hospitalized and will be booked into the Shelby County Jail when he is released.

According to the TBI, just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2023, MPD officers responded to a call at a convenience store along East Raines about an armed individual. The TBI said the two responding officers encountered the suspect outside of the business, and ended up in a brief foot chase.

TBI investigators said during the chase, in the 1200 block of East Raines Road near Faronia Road, shots were fired, and both the officers and the suspect were shot.

Memphis Police said both officers and the suspect were taken to Regional One in critical condition. Thursday evening, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis said both officers were shot in the lower extremities. 

The TBI is responding to the scene at the request of Shelby County D.A. Steve Mulroy.

Shelby County Sheriff and Memphis mayoral candidate Floyd Bonner expressed his thoughts on the shooting on social media.

“I was deeply troubled upon hearing the news that two Memphis police officers suffered serious injuries during a shooting incident tonight in Whitehaven," Bonner said. "I am praying for these officers and their families. I urge all to offer their prayers and support.”

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