2 Memphis Officers Wounded in Shootout With Suspect

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James Wilhite was walking near the scene when officers first attempted to enter the home.

“I heard one shot,” Wilhite told the newspaper. “Immediately following that, I heard a volley of shots. Then immediately after, an officer came out limping, supported by another officer. He was limping, noticeably in pain.”

Dumas is wanted in connection with a shooting last week in the south Memphis area, according to authorities. Police said a woman, believed to be a former girlfriend of Dumas was shot along with her brother following an argument with Dumas. A spokeswoman at the Regional Medical Center said Tuesday that the man and woman were hospitalized and in good condition.

Last year, Dumas allegedly set fire to an ex-girlfriend’s sport utility vehicle, according to an affidavit. He was accused of throwing an ignitable substance into the backseat of the SUV because he was “angry over a recent incident,” sparking a fire that also spread to another vehicle.

Authorities said Tuesday’s incident could have been worse.

On Dec. 14, city police Officer Martoiya Lang was killed while serving a drug warrant.

“Things can go very, very wrong very, very quickly” at such scenes, Armstrong said.

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