A grand jury last week indicted Tyron Whitfield Jr., 27, on four counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated assault for nearly striking sheriff’s deputies, a Memphis police officer and a civilian who bailed out of Whitfield’s vehicle.
Whitfield also was indicted on intentional evading arrest in a motor vehicle and creating a risk of injury or death to pursuing law enforcement officers, and theft of property over $10,000.
The incident occurred shortly after noon on Jan. 23 when a sheriff’s deputy noticed Whitfield driving a 2014 Dodge Challenger that had been reported stolen the previous day by an acquaintance with whom he had been living.
After the deputy put out a broadcast, the stolen car was tracked to a parking area in the 5800 block of Ferguson Road near Bartlett Road in Bartlett. Officers watched the unoccupied vehicle from nearby until Whitfield and another man came out of a nearby store and got into the vehicle.
Officers then converged on the scene and ordered Whitfield to turn off the vehicle and get out. The passenger exited the vehicle, but Whitfield attempted to drive away, striking one emergency vehicle and nearly striking a number officers as well as his exited passenger.
At that point, one of the deputies fired two shots through the windshield, striking Whitfield once in the neck. He was hospitalized in critical condition, but survived his wound. Most of the incident was captured on a deputy’s in-car video camera.