Suspect Charged for Pointing Shotgun at Memphis Officers

Joe Willis (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
Joe Willis (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
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Updated: 6/17/2013 12:35 pm
MEMPHIS, TN ( - A suspect is recovering at The MED from being shot by Memphis police after he pointed a shotgun at officers during a home burglary early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a security alarm around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, on the 2900-block of Wedge Cove. When they arrived, officers heard noise coming from the back of the home, where they found 29-year-old Joe Willis armed with a shotgun.

Willis was ordered to drop his weapon, but instead pointed the shotgun at the officers; one officer fired shots at Willis, hitting him one time. Willis ran away, but was later located at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven, Mississippi. He was transported to The MED in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable.

Joe Willis is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Burglary, Evading Arrest, and Theft of Property Under $500.

The officer who shot Willis has been routinely relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. The Memphis Police Department has not yet released the officer's name.

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