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MPD: Officer accidentally shot by fellow officer

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(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer is in critical condition after being accidentally shot by another officer who was aiming at an aggressive pit bull.

According to Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, the injured officer is Willie Bryant.

Action News 5 was initially told by a public information officer earlier that Bryant was in stable condition. We have now been informed he was critically injured.

The shooting happened on the 500 block of Arrington Avenue Thursday afternoon while Bryant was serving a drug-related warrant. According to police, Bryant was shot in the back by another officer when a pit bull started to attack officers.

"We saw people running, police coming, the officer brought out on a stretcher, police and firemen crying," said Chiquita Hawkins, who lives in the neighborhood.

Bryant has been with the Memphis Police Department since 2003. He was wearing a bullet proof vest.

He was taken to The MED, where dozens of police officers are now parked outside. 

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