Two charged with shooting at police officers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men are charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at Memphis police officers Tuesday night.

The officers stopped the men who had a broken tail light around 7:15 p.m. near Lamar Avenue and Airways Boulevard.

One of the officers asked 18-year-old Carl Johnson for his driver’s license when he reportedly took off with 19-year-old Martez Wheeler in the passenger seat.

Police chased the car nearly two miles to Southwall and Wildrose, where both men jumped out and police say Wheeler pulled out a gun and fired several shots towards the them.

Jennifer Rucker stood in the intersection where the drama happened on Wednesday.

Police said it was Wheeler who tried killing their officers.

“It made me a little nervous you know especially for my kids,” Rucker explained.

A squad car was hit several times with 40 caliber bullets.

The officers were not hurt and did not return fire.

Johnson was arrested on the spot, and Wheeler got away before eventually turning himself in.

“They should be ashamed of themselves,” Annie Westbrooke said.

Carl Johnson was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended/Revoked/Cancelled, Evading Arrest, and Criminal Attempt Felony to wit First Degree Murder.

Martez Wheeler was arrested and charged with Criminal Attempt Felony to wit First Degree Murder (two counts), and Evading Arrest.

They’re are locked up on a combined $125,000 bond.

People who live and work in the Orange Mound neighborhood, where the alleged crime took place, are not biting their tongues after hearing after hearing what the teenagers did.

“He is a fool,” Walter Williams said.  “A complete idiot.”

“That person really lost it up there somewhere. That’s what I think,” Westbrooke said.

Police say the officers weren’t hit by the bullets and never fired their weapons.


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