2 police officers shot serving warrant


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TheeBadOne
January 23, 2004, 01:20 PM
Two police officers were shot and wounded, one critically, while serving a search warrant Thursday evening in the Bethel Grove area of South Memphis.

The officers with the Vice & Narcotics Unit were looking for drugs, at 2635 Lowell Ave. shortly after 9 p.m.

"After announcing themselves at the front door and getting no response, they did attempt to force entry into the residence. A suspect inside fired about five shots," said police Major Lawrence Jamison.

Police radio reports indicated the shots were fired through the front door.

The officers did not return fire, Jamison said. Investigators later recovered the gun they believe was used to shoot both officers.

Officer Myron Fair, an 11-year veteran of the police force, was in critical but stable condition early today in the Intensive Care Unit at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis after undergoing surgery.

Fair was shot in the stomach, but police said the bullet was deflected by the protective vest he was wearing.

The ambulance carrying Fair was escorted to The Med by dozens of police cars as other police cars blocked intersections along the route to the hospital. Police Director James Bolden and Mayor Willie Herenton arrived at the emergency room shortly after the ambulance.

The second wounded officer, Kadir Smith, was "grazed" in the left arm by a bullet, Jamison said. He was treated at The Med and released Thursday evening.

Smith went to the hospital in the same ambulance with an unidentified handcuffed man taken from the house who had bruises and cuts on his face.

There were also two children and a woman in the house at the time of the shooting who were not considered suspects late Thursday, Jamison said.

As neighbors gathered in the street just off Lamar near Kimball, police technicians worked behind yellow crime scene tape on the front porch of the white two-story house.

The front door is at the end of a long well-lit porch with several windows looking onto the concrete porch.

After the gunfire, there was a tense seven-minute delay before officers told dispatchers that the situation was under control and they were inside the house and had the man who allegedly shot the officers in custody.

Jamison said a group of six to 10 officers are usually involved in serving such warrants.

Most warrants are served without incident. But the duty is anything but routine.

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy George Selby was shot and killed in December 2002 as he and other deputies served a drug search warrant in Frayser.

He was wearing a protective vest, but he was shot near the right armpit in an area not covered by the vest.

Reginald Rome, who lived at the house, is charged with first-degree murder in that case.

The officers wounded Thursday in Bethel Grove are the third and fourth officers shot since late August.

Officer Anthony Woods was killed responding to a domestic violence call in the Parkway Village Apartments in East Memphis on Aug. 27.

Alreco Ayers, 25, shot Woods four times then turned the gun on himself and was dead when other officers arrived.

Tim Brown, a Memphis police officer working off-duty but in his police uniform as a security guard at the Kroger supermarket on Winchester near Hacks Cross Road, was shot at the store on Dec. 10.

One of a group robbers shot him at point blank range in the chest and hand. He survived and police have charged five men with the robbery and shooting.

article (http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_2598539,00.html)
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Guess someone was home after all :eek:
I think they're going to start knocking on doors from behind angle iron soon...

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Leatherneck
January 23, 2004, 02:15 PM
Smith went to the hospital in the same ambulance with an unidentified handcuffed man taken from the house who had bruises and cuts on his face. :D

I hope officer Smith is OK.

TC
TFL Survivor

TallPine
January 23, 2004, 02:23 PM
Breaking into houses is a dangerous business ...

raz-0
January 23, 2004, 02:55 PM
props to the cops for not returning fire ina situation where non-suspects were likely to be around.

TheeBadOne
January 23, 2004, 03:07 PM
Breaking into houses is a dangerous business ...
Drug houses doubly so :eek:

Langenator
January 23, 2004, 05:28 PM
Police Director James Bolden and Mayor Willie Herenton arrived at the emergency room shortly after the ambulance.

That's the kind of chief and mayor I'd want to work for if I was a cop.

RustyHammer
January 23, 2004, 06:11 PM
.... sounds like they found the "right" house, at least.

Hope they recover quickly.

TallPine
January 23, 2004, 06:34 PM
sounds like they found the "right" house, at least.
How do you know?

Article doesn't say anything about finding drugs in the house ....

TheeBadOne
January 23, 2004, 06:47 PM
How do you know?

Article doesn't say anything about finding drugs in the house ....
Because the article doesn't say it was the wrong address. They'd be all over it if it was (the media).

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