Officer Shot, Two Dead in Apparent Ambush in Memphis

An apparent ambush attack on Law Enforcement occurred overnight out of Memphis Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal reports:

Two men were dead and a Memphis police officer was slightly injured after a three-hour standoff at a Hickory Hill home Tuesday.

The suspect and his brother were both found dead after police entered the home in the 3100 block of Kemper around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Earlier, the suspect had opened fired on police, striking the boot of Officer Jason Winburn, 32.

Winburn, a five-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department, was taken to the Regional Medical Center in non-critical condition; it was later determined that the bullet didn’t penetrate his skin. His wife and parents joined him at the hospital Tuesday night.

The shooting comes less than three weeks after Memphis police officer Verdell Smith was run down and killed near Beale Street on June 4 by a suspect fleeing after a triple shooting.

“The thoughts of this community need to be with the police officer,” Mayor Jim Strickland said outside the Regional Medical Center. “I’m amazed at the bravery of our police officers every single day, and I continue to be appreciative.”

This situation began about 4:55 p.m. when the suspect’s mother called 911 to report that her son had shot and killed his brother. Then, seven minutes later, the suspect himself called 911 to say the same thing, calling his brother “a bad person.” Family members managed to get a 7-year-old girl out of the home as the situation began, police said.

Officers made it to the house at 5:07 p.m. But as they were approaching, police said, the suspect opened fire from the garage, striking Winburn in the boot. The officers retreated and began cordoning off the scene. They also told several people to evacuate their homes as hostage negotiators and the TACT unit arrived. A little after 8:15 p.m., police entered the home and found two men — apparently the suspect and his brother — dead.

Memphis police spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said officers did not fire on the house, meaning the suspect may have killed his brother, then taken his own life.

Neighborhood resident Leah Walton said she was coming home from the bank when the situation began. As she neared her home, an officer carrying a shotgun approached her. She believes it was Winburn.

“He told me to go back,” Walton said. “He was limping.”