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Memphis police officer recovering after being shot in leg; suspect in custody

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MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A Memphis police officer was shot in the leg Thursday while investigating a drug and gang complaint, officials said.

Robert Armour, a 32-year-old member of the Memphis Police Department's organized crime unit, was expected to recover from his wounds, police director Toney Armstrong told reporters outside Regional One Health hospital.

Armour was in plain clothes and following up on a drug and gang complaint at a home when a person of interest in the investigation left the house and drove away, Armstrong said.

Armour followed in his own vehicle. The man being followed then stopped and got out of his vehicle. Armour also exited his vehicle and identified himself as a police officer, Armstrong said.

The man then fired multiple shots at the officer, striking him in a leg, Armstrong said.

PHOTO: Memphis police block the street in front of a hospital Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn., where an officer who was shot was taken to. Memphis police spokeswoman Alyssa Macon-Moore said the officer is in critical condition and that a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
Memphis police block the street in front of a hospital Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn., where an officer who was shot was taken to. Memphis police spokeswoman Alyssa Macon-Moore said the officer is in critical condition and that a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

The suspect was arrested. His name has not been released.

Armstrong said the officer's condition was stable and he had family with him at the hospital.

"He's in good spirits," Armstrong said.

Armour has served about eight and one-half years on the force, including about four years with the organized crime unit, the police director said.

Armour is the 14th officer to be shot in the line of duty since Armstrong took over the department in April 2011. Two of those officers were killed.

A large group of officers gathered at the hospital in a show of support for their colleague.

"It's the call that you just do not want to get," Armstrong said. "This is a reminder of just how dangerous this job is."

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