Man critically injured in deputy-involved shooting in Bartlett

BARTLETT, Tenn. —  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a deputy-involved shooting in Bartlett.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office confirmed one man was rushed to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition after being shot by a deputy in a parking lot near Freeman Park.

This all happened around noon after a deputy spotted a stolen vehicle linked to recent armed robberies in the Bartlett area.

Soon after, deputies, along with Memphis and Bartlett police, converged on the vehicle in that parking lot. That's when the driver rammed patrol cars. At that point, a deputy opened fire.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but no officers were hurt.

Ron Cockman was at a barbershop around the corner when it all went down. He says ramming law enforcement officers is just as bad as shooting at them.

 

"It's a justified shooting in my opinion," Cockman says, "I've got three children that are in the law enforcement. I got two on the sheriff's department, one on the MPD. It's a dangerous job. We worry about them every night."

The status of the deputy who fired is unclear at this time.

A passenger was in the stolen vehicle and was taken into custody, but was not hurt.