October 20, 2020

Police shoot driver who rammed two patrol cars; driver suspect in shooting at teenage girl

Authorities say a Mississippi police officer shot and wounded a driver who rammed two undercover police cars.

The shooting happened Thursday afternoon at a Southaven gas station.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion tells local news outlets that undercover officers arranged to meet a suspect they believe shot into a house Wednesday night in the Memphis, Tennessee, suburb.

The mother of a 16-year-old girl told WREG-TV in Memphis that her daughter had arranged to buy a cell phone using a phone app called LetGo. When they met, the mother said, the men tried to rob her daughter. She fled and they began firing at her. She was not hit.

Police reportedly posed as potential customers using the LetGo app and arranged to meet the men.

Champion says four men arrived at the gas station. He says the driver rammed the cars, police saw the driver reach for a gun, and an officer shot the driver.

The driver was taken to a Memphis hospital and three passengers were arrested. The driver’s condition is unknown. Police haven’t named any of the men or announced charges against anyone.

Champion says the car was stolen in a carjacking Wednesday in Memphis.

  • The Associated Press contributed to this report.