Arkansas State Police trooper shot during stop in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An Arkansas State Trooper was reportedly struck by gunfire while assisting other officers on I-55 and McLemore.

Arkansas State Trooper Spencer Morris was struck by gunfire Thursday afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting other law enforcement agencies attempting to take a man into custody.

Morris was transported to a Memphis hospital where doctors determined he had not sustained any life-threatening wounds.

After the medical examination, he was released to return home.

Morris, 33, is a three-year veteran of the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division where he is assigned to Troop D, headquartered at Forrest City.

All southbound lanes of I-55 near McLemore up to Mallory including Exit 11 were blocked off. Traffic is moving again, but the east side and west side entrances to I-55 on McLemore are still blocked off. Police are still on the scene.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that their special agents have been requested by District Attorney General Amy Weirich to investigate the shooting.

According to TBI, U.S. marshals were pursuing two men from West Memphis, Arkansas, into Memphis. One of the suspects was wanted on a felony warrant out of South Carolina. At least one of the men was firing shots at a state trooper. The trooper then returned fire, killing both suspects.

As required under Arkansas State Police policy, Trooper Morris is currently on paid administrative leave while an investigation involving the use of deadly force is underway.

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