One member of the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit was shot in the chest, but was saved by his bullet-resistant vest.Defendant Dennis Murphy is being held without bond.
The incident occurred shortly before midnight last May 28 at 4155 Eastwind Drive in the Hillcrest Apartments off of Raines Road. Officers with the drug warrant knocked on Murphy’s apartment door and announced their presence when someone inside fired two shots through the door and into the hallway.
One shot struck Officer Brian Scott in the chest, knocking him to the ground. The bullet was stopped by his safety vest, and Scott was treated at a hospital and released.
Murphy and two others remained barricaded in the apartment for some four hours, refusing to respond to police officers trying to contact them. When the suspects finally were taken into custody, two said Murphy was the shooter. They also picked him from a photo lineup.
A search warrant executed at the apartment turned up several pistols, ammunition, marijuana and cocaine.
Murphy, who has a prior felony drug conviction, was indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of aggravated assault, two counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a felony, four counts of drug trafficking near a day care center, and four counts of convicted felon in possession of firearms.
The case is being handled by Paul Hagerman, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Organized Crime Prosecution Unit (OCPU), and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Sarah Poe.The OCPU takes many of the cases developed by police OCU investigations and undercover operations. Many of the cases involve drug trafficking and some result in the filing of civil nuisance petitions on properties used by individuals for criminal activities.
The OCPU also works closely with prosecutors in the Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit.