A Memphis police officer was shot and critically injured Thursday afternoon by a second officer who was aiming at a dog, officials said Thursday afternoon.
Willie Bryant, a 32-year-old member of the Organized Crime Unit, was taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis in stable condition, but was later downgraded to critical. He was taken into surgery Thursday afternoon, Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong said.
The incident began about 12:45 p.m. at 589 Arrington near Thomas in North Memphis. A multi-jurisdictional gang unit task force was serving a warrant at that location.
When police entered the home, two dogs — a pit bull and a Cane Corso — were inside, according to James Rogers administrator Memphis Animal Services. The Corso was loose and the pit bull was in a kennel.
According to police, the loose dog charged, leading the officer to fire his weapon. The shot missed the dog and hit Bryant — who was wearing a protective vest — in the back.