Suspect identified in shooting injuring MPD officer in Hickory Hill

Published: Jul. 10, 2022 at 12:32 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2022 at 7:44 AM EDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Police Department has identified the suspect they say shot an officer Saturday evening.

Memphis police received a call about a stolen car just before 2 p.m.

Police said Giorgio Minnis stole the car and was reportedly armed. Minnis then took the car to a relative’s home located on Hickory Hill Square.

According to MPD, they received another call, and when officers made the scene at Hickory Hill Square, they attempted to arrest a suspect for firing a gun and threatening to harm people inside the residence.

Police said, the suspect, 34-year-old Giorgio Minnis, pulled a gun from his waistband and shot one of the officers who was trying to arrest him.

The officer who was shot was transported to Regional One and is in critical but stable condition.

Minnis was disarmed and taken into custody without injury.

He is expected to be in court Monday and is facing more than 12 charges regarding this investigation including:

  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Reckless endangerment committed with a deadly weapon
  • Convicted felon in possession of a handgun
  • Possession of a firearm during an attempt to commit a dangerous felony
  • Theft of property valued between $10,000 and $60,000
  • Three counts of attempted first-degree murder
  • Four counts of aggravated assault

Over the last 15 years, Minnis has been either convicted or charged with dozens of violent crimes and misdemeanors

In 2006 Minnis spent seven years behind bars after he and others robbed a couple at gunpoint, stealing their personal items and vehicle.

Six years later, he spent almost a year in jail for attacking his aunt and cousin after refusing to leave their home.

In 2012, Minnis spent nearly a year behind bars for domestic assault.

Then in 2013, Minnis spent two years in jail for motor vehicle burglary and theft of property.

One year later Minnis was charged with aggravated assault but has not been indicted yet for pulling a gun on two people.

In 2015, he was jailed for reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

Four years later, Minnis spent two years behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

Minnis is expected to be in court Monday.

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