Memphis police name officer who shot colleague

Memphis police name officer who shot colleague

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MEMPHIS AP) - Memphis police have identified the officer who accidentally shot and critically wounded a fellow policeman while aiming at a dog during a raid on a home.

Officer Willie Bryant remained in critical condition Tuesday after being hit in the back with a shotgun blast while he and other officers were serving a drug-related search warrant on a home last Thursday.

Police said the dog came at the officers as they entered, and one officer shot at the animal. The shot missed the dog and hit Bryant. The 32-year-old Bryant was transported to a hospital and had surgery.

Police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph on Tuesday identified the officer who shot Bryant as 43-year-old Byron Willis. Willis has been with the force since July and has been placed on leave pending an investigation.

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