By JB Clark
MEMPHIS – No charges are being filed at this time against a Pontotoc County Sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a shooting on Beale Street in Memphis on Saturday morning.
A public information officer with the Memphis Police Department said details of the shooting were presented to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office and a representative of the office said the shooting was ruled self-defense.
The deputy’s name has not been released, but Sheriff Leo Mask said the deputy has been placed on paid leave until the investigation into the incident is complete.
The Memphis police report said officers heard shots fired on Beale Street at 1:38 a.m. and saw the victim, a 27-year-old male, on the ground and the deputy, a 25-year-old male, running from the scene.
Officers found a Ruger .380 handgun in an ankle holster and a knife on the deputy when they took him into custody, at which time witnesses informed officers of the deputy’s position as a law enforcement officer.
The shooting victim was taken to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition and was in noncritical condition Tuesday.
“It looks like it’s going to be self-defense from what they’re telling me,” Mask said. “What they said is someone grabbed and fondled a woman. When he confronted them, someone hit him from behind and they started beating on him. When he came to they saw and got after him again so he shot one of them.”
According to Mask, three people attacked the deputy and the weapon he was carrying was a personal, off-duty weapon.