Man accused of shooting at MPD officer bond set at $75K

Jairo Ponce
Jairo Ponce(SCSO)
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 10:17 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2023 at 7:30 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man is charged for allegedly stealing a vehicle and shooting at a Memphis police officer on Tuesday afternoon.

Jairo Ponce, 29, is charged with aggravated robbery, carjacking, two counts of aggravated assault on first responders, employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and evading arrest.

His bond is set at $75,000, and he will be in court on Thursday.

Officers responded to a robbery at 2:44 p.m. on Eastern Drive.

The victims were doing yard work when they saw a man at their vehicle who was armed with two weapons, according to police.

Police say the suspect got into the vehicle as the victims approached him.

He then pointed guns at them and demanded they get away from him.

The suspect drove west on Tutwiler Avenue, and police pursued him.

He got out of the vehicle on Eastern Drive and fired a shot at an officer, according to MPD.

Police say the officer returned fire and struck the suspect once.

The suspect was then transported to Regional One Hospital.

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