Gunman wanted after shooting at off-duty officer on I-40

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are searching for a gunman who shot at an off-duty officer overnight along I-40.

It happened near Jackson Avenue and police blocked off traffic for hours searching for evidence.

That officer was not hurt during the incident.

This is the second time in recent weeks officers have been shot at in that area. One suspect is already facing charges.

Thursday, two men were injured in a shooting 385 and Ridgeway. WREG tracked down a man who saw the shooting and potentially helped save a life.

Dontavius Alexander tells us he’s thankful he could help. He has no idea why the men might’ve been targeted.

“I just saw the person shooting at the truck, and I saw the truck spin out crazy,” he said. “So I drove past it and then I came back to check on him and then he was just bleeding saying he couldn’t breathe so I just rushed him to the hospital.”

There have also been at least 50 interstate shootings since January. Memphis Police say this time last year, there had been 35 shootings on Memphis roads.

“It is scary because we have people driving on the interstate going back and forth to work and kids going back and forth to school,” one driver told WREG.

Alexander has a message for drivers.

“If you see a shootout, please just help the person. No matter what they did wrong, just help the person,” Alexander said.

Over the summer, Tennessee Highway Patrol joined MPD for Operation Grizzly, increased summer patrols on the interstates with added troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Friday afternoon, a spokesperson with THP told WREG the operation was set to end this month, but because there have been so many shootings, troopers are going to continue to assist Memphis police into next month.

If you know anything about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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