1 arrested after DeSoto County deputy injured in pursuit that ended in Memphis crash; 4 suspects at large
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A DeSoto County deputy has been injured in a pursuit that ended in a crash in Memphis on Wednesday. One suspect is in custody and four more suspects are still at large. They are considered armed and dangerous.
The Memphis Police Department and DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department have begun a joint investigation.
Shanadrian Lee, 21, the alleged driver, is charged with fugitive from justice without a warrant. He is currently in custody at 201 Poplar and will face more charges and be extradited to DeSoto County.
According to DeSoto County Chief Deputy Justin Smith and MPD, the pursuit began around 7:30 p.m. as an attempted routine traffic stop by the Walls Police Department on a black Infiniti G37 for minor traffic offenses on Highway 61 near Church Road.
Authorities say the Infiniti, occupied by five suspects, immediately evaded Walls police.
DeSoto County Sheriff’s deputies and Walls police then began a pursuit northbound on Highway 61.
Authorities say one deputy set up Stop Sticks in the area of Highway 61 and Goodman Road. According to Chief Deputy Smith, the suspects saw the deputy on the shoulder of the road and Lee, the driver, attempted to run him over.
During that time, the deputy became tangled in the Stop Stick cords as he dodged the Infiniti.
Smith says the deputy suffered serious lacerations to his hands from the cords, but in turn avoided being struck by the suspects’ car.
The suspects then continued northbound into Memphis. A DeSoto County deputy used a pit maneuver to stop the suspects’ vehicle.
The Infiniti then lost a tire and a crash ensued at South Third Street just south of West Holmes Road.
The six suspects bailed from the vehicle, pointed rifles at deputies, and fired several shots in an unknown direction as they fled into the nearby wooded area.
Memphis police officers responded to the scene and assisted in the search.
Several firearms including assault rifles and magazines were found at the scene.
Lee was detained after an MPD K9 officer found him hiding in some brush in the woods. Four other suspects remain at large.
One deputy was transported to Regional One Hospital in non-critical condition. Smith says the deputy is in a lot of pain but is in stable condition and will be okay.
No other injuries were reported.
This is a developing story.
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