Corporal Derrick Couch (pictured) noticed suspicious activity at the Corner Grocery in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and was shot in the face by the armed robbers about five blocks away from the store.
A police officer was shot in the face by two men who were robbing a gas station store in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Corporal Derrick Couch had noticed suspicious activity at the Corner Grocery on Saturday night and pursued the two suspects, according to Mayor Bill Luckett.
Couch was shot about five blocks away from the store, just across the street from the Clarksdale Police Department.
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The two hooded suspects, who are still on the run, were captured on a surveillance video.
While their faces are unclear, one man can be seen walking with a limp, which police are hoping will help identify the two.
They can be seen entering the store at 8.57pm. While the shop door is partially opened several times in the next 30 seconds, one of the men leaves after about a minute, with the second suspect trailing behind him not long after.
According to Luckett, two clerks managed to escape from the back door of the Corner Grocery and suspects stole money from the shop's cash register.
Couch pursued the armed robbers and caught up with them about five blocks down, where he was shot and left bleeding in the street.
He was airlifted to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis at 10pm, and has emerged from surgery in stable condition on Sunday morning, according to the mayor.
While Couch is recovering from the incident, this week has been particularly bloody for police around the country.
Five officers in the line of duty have been shot dead in this past week alone.
Mississippi police officer shot in the face by armed robbers outside gas station store
Corporal Derrick Couch noticed suspicious activity at the Corner Grocery
Clarksdale police officer pursued two men, and was shot five blocks away
The suspects robbed the gas station cash register and are still at large
Couch was airlifted to a hospital where he is now in stable condition
By ASSOCIATED PRESS and JESSICA CHIA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 12:32 EST, 14 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:01 EST, 14 February 2016
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The armed robbery took place at the Corner Grocery, where two clerks managed to escape.
A man believed to have shot a northwest Mississippi police officer point-blank in the face was brought to the police station by his father Sunday, and police were questioning him, Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett said.
Luckett says police with a search warrant found "telling evidence" at the family's home.
The officer, Cpl. Derrick Couch, was in critical condition at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee, nursing supervisor Vivian Crawford said Sunday.
Couch is on a ventilator, has lost one eye, and the bullet remains lodged in his brain, Luckett said.
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He said video from a nearby law office shows Crouch getting out of his car, apparently to question the man.
"I've seen the video. It's harrowing," he said. "As soon as the officer approached him, he just swung around and, bam!"
Before the shooting itself, the mayor said, the video shows Couch's patrol car approaching two men, one of whom runs.
"I'm not sure if Officer Crouch saw him run or not," Luckett said. "Then you see the officer's lights turn and illuminate the second guy, who's walking. He walks with a noticeable limp, which is telling" because a video of a robbery at the same store, the Corner Grocery, shows a man with a limp.
The second man is not in custody, Luckett said.
He said Couch is in his mid-30s and had been a narcotics officer until recently.
Mississippi police officer shot in face while investigating armed robbery
Published February 14, 2016