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MPD officer shot while serving search warrant

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The ambulance carrying the MPD officer arrived at The MED with police escort. The ambulance carrying the MPD officer arrived at The MED with police escort.
Chopper 5 view of shooting scene Chopper 5 view of shooting scene
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer was shot in the leg several times while serving a search warrant in Northeast Memphis Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the 4000 block of Berkshire Avenue just before 3:30 p.m.

According to MPD Director Toney Armstrong, the officer was hit when other officers were forced to fire shots at three attacking pit bulls.

Calvin Taylor, 45, was taken to The MED in non-critical condition.   Several roadblocks were set up immediately following the shooting so the ambulance could make its way to the hospital without any delays.

"We are grateful he is going to be okay," said Director Armstrong. "He is alert. He knows exactly what's happening. His family is here now."

Armstrong says several suspects are in custody but no charges have been filed at this point.

He stressed that all search warrants are taken seriously because like this one, they can be very unpredictable.

"No matter what the circumstances are, there are no routine search warrants," explained Armstrong. "At the end of the day, you never know what you're going to face on the other side of that door."

Officer Taylor has been with the Memphis Police Department since August 1998. He was assigned to the Organized Crime Unit (OCU) in September 2011.

Two of the pit bulls that prompted the shooting were killed.

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