Neighbors not surprised by officer-involved shooting

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FRAYSER, Tenn. -- A Memphis cop has been pulled off the streets as the department conducts an investigation into an officer-involved shooting.

WREG is still waiting to learn that officer’s name, but police said he or she was shot at while responding to a call just after 2 Sunday morning.

People who live on that street told WREG they’re fed up with the violence.

"It`s getting worse every year," said Michael Malito, who has lived on that street his entire life. "Crime out here is tough."

It all began as a domestic violence call, and quickly escalated into a dangerous situation for police officers, when a man came out of a house in the 1600 block of Roosevelt Avenue and started shooting.

Those officers had initially been called to a home in the 1500 block of Delano Avenue - just one street over - where a man reported that his nephew had fired a shot into the ground during an argument.

But when officers got there, that suspect took off running, ending up in the backyard of that home on Roosevelt.

That’s when investigators say a man came out of the house and opened fire, and one of those officers shot back.

Malito said he has a gun to protect himself and his wife. And – like nearly every other house on the block – barred windows.

"Because it's not safe." he said. "That’s how you've got to live out here. And they better be the good ones, so nobody can get in. Because they will try to get in."

The crime there has gotten so bad, Malito said, that he and his wife are planning on moving out of state.

"We had a gun pulled on us one night," he said. "It’s no easy life, I guarantee you. But you really have to pay attention."

Ironic, when you see these words – ‘Rise against the violence’ – spray-painted on a building nearby.

No one was hurt in the shooting and police aren't releasing many details right now, citing the ongoing investigation.

But they did tell WREG the man who shot at those officers has been detained.

There's no word yet what – if any – charges he'll face.

MPD Spokesman Louis Brownlee said that officer has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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