MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Memphis police car was found crashed and burned after a carjacking suspect fought officers trying to arrest him and stole the vehicle early Tuesday morning.
Police were responding to a call on the 1900-block of Hubert Avenue in north Memphis around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1, when they saw a vehicle matching the description of an SUV that was carjacked earlier that night. Two suspects were removing the tires from the vehicle when officers approached. One suspect, a 15-year-old male, was placed inside the squad car. As officers tried to handcuff the second suspect, he fought all three and wrestled free, then jumped in the police car and drove away.
One officer received a head injury in the scuffle; he has since been treated and released from the hospital.
Police received a tip around 5:15 a.m. that the stolen police car was on fire at the dead end of N Montgomery St at Snowden Ave. Officers found the police car had been driven into a guard rail and set on fire.
The suspects remain at large.
Anyone with information on this incident should call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274). You can also submit your tip at 528cash.org
, or text the word AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES). You will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible to receive a cash reward.