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Shots fired on I-240 at off-duty MPD officer; suspect charged

MPD investigating two shootings on Memphis highways in less than 12 hours.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE: Memphis police have charged the man accused of firing shots at an off-duty officer early Wednesday morning.

Trae Payne, 25, has been charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest and reckless driving.

The victim is an off-duty MPD officer.  He was in his personal vehicle at the time of the incident.

According to the police affidavit, the off-duty officer said he was driving along westbound I-240 near Poplar about 2:00 a.m. Wednesday when Payne, who was in a green truck, fired a shot at him. The officer got the tag number and called it in.

Investigators said officers spotted Payne's truck on I-240 near Mt. Moriah. According to the affidavit, he refused to stop, started driving in and out of traffic, and nearly hit police cars as well as other drivers on the road.

The truck malfunctioned at Fletcher and Collierville Arlington Road. Police said Payne tried to run, but was captured a short time later. They found a gun where they said Payne jumped a fence.

In the affidavit, investigators said Payne admitted to shooting at another driver on I-240.


Memphis police have arrested a suspect in one of two recent highway shootings.

According to MPD, officers responded to a shots fired call at I-240 and Poplar just after 1:30 Wednesday morning.  The victim told officers, the suspect in a green Ranger fired shots toward them.

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Officers spotted the vehicle and followed it to Collierville.  The suspect was arrested in the 300 block of Fletcher Road.

There were no injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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