- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Three people were charged Thursday following a shooting that involved an undercover officer who was injured while serving a warrant.

WMC-TV (https://bit.ly/1GHmXi3) said the shooting took place Wednesday night at a Memphis apartment complex.

Dennis Murphy, 39, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and weapons and drug charges; and Alan Sullivan, 40, and Gwendolyn Gordon, 32, were charged with being accessories to attempted murder and assault.

Police said the officer, who was working for the Organized Crime Unit, was serving a warrant when someone shot through the door of an apartment.

The officer was hit in the chest but was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not critically injured. He was taken to the Regional Medical Center and later released.

Memphis Police Department deputy director Anthony Berryhill says the bulletproof vest appears to have saved the officer’s life.

“It was a center shot. Without it, we would hate to think what would or could have happened had he not had it on,” he said.

Police say the shooter was barricaded inside the apartment for several hours before two men and one woman surrendered to police early Thursday morning.

The officer’s name hasn’t been released.

Berryhill says the injured officer was in good spirits at the hospital.

“He was smiling when we walked in, I cracked a couple jokes with him so he’s doing well and already praising God just glad to be here,” he said.


Information from: WMC-TV, https://www.wmctv.com/

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