Two killed, WMPD officer injured
Chase leads to deadly shooting in West Memphis
firstname.lastname@example.org Two people are dead and a West Memphis police officer is recovering following an incident on the east side of the city last night.
According to preliminary reports, two men were killed after an officer-involved shooting in West Memphis Wednesday, according to state troopers.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 800 block of North 18th Street.
Witnesses reported a massive police presence at the location following the incident. The Arkansas State Police were at the scene investigating.
While details are still scarce and the investigation is ongoing, law enforcement officials did confirm that the shooting started when two people injured a West Memphis police officer.
According to reports, following a police chase, the two people who were killed ran over the officer, injuring his legs. After that officer was hurt, other police officers at the scene shot the two suspects and killed them. Police have not yet identified the two people who were killed.
A representative from the West Memphis Police Department confirmed that officer was not shot.
He was taken to Regional One in Memphis in noncritical condition.
Mayor Marco McClendon released a statement after hearing reports of the incident.
“First and foremost, my prayers are with the officer that was injured and the victims of the deadly shooting,” said Mc-Clendon. “My heart goes out to everyone and all families involved.”
McClendon, who is out of town, in Little Rock attending the Arkansas Municipal League Conference, said he had been in touch with Police Chief Eddie West and is awaiting further information.
By Ralph Hardin