Memphis Police Officer Fatally Shot, 1 Suspect Also Dead

A police officer in MemphisTennessee, was shot and killed when officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle early Friday morning, police said. One suspect was killed and two other officers and another suspect were wounded in an exchange of gunfire during the incident, interim Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said during a news conference.

“We are heartbroken of the lives lost, our fallen officer and this senseless act of violence,” Mayor Paul Young told reporters.

The slain officer was identified as Joseph McKinney, who had been with the police department for about three years. The slain suspect was identified as an 18-year-old man.

“The men and women of the Memphis Police Department are hurt right now. As chief of police, I am hurt right now at, once again, senseless deaths in our community by gun violence,” Davis said.

The shooting unfolded when officers responded to the suspicious vehicle call at around 2 a.m., Davis said. The occupants of the vehicle opened fire on the officers when they approached, Davis said.

Officers returned fire and the suspects drove away, Davis said. After a short pursuit, the suspect vehicle stopped. One suspect was immediately apprehended, and the other was taken into custody nearby after fleeing the scene. They were both taken to a hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds, Davis said.