A Tennessee surgeon specializing in elbow and hand and wrist surgery was tragically killed on Tuesday afternoon when he was shot by a patient in an exam room. The incident, described by police as a “targeted” attack, took place at Campbell Clinic Orthopedics in Collierville. The suspect was a male who has not been identified. He was swiftly apprehended by law enforcement without incident. The motive behind the fatal shooting is still unclear, and authorities are conducting an active investigation.
Dr. Benjamin Mauck, a highly respected and beloved physician, was shot dead at the clinic. Police Chief Dale Lane confirmed that the shooting occurred during a one-on-one interaction in an exam room. The suspect had been at the clinic for several hours before the incident, but the exact trigger for the attack is yet to be determined. No one else was injured during the incident, and the police ensured the facility was secure through multiple searches.
Campbell Clinic released a statement expressing shock and heartbreak over the loss of Dr. Mauck. Irina Ollar, the director of marketing and public relations at Campbell Clinic, requested prayers for Dr. Mauck’s family. The clinic also commended the swift response of local law enforcement officers and pledged to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation. As a result of the tragedy, all Campbell Clinic locations will be closed on Wednesday.
Dr. Mauck, who had been with Campbell Clinic since August 2012, was highly regarded in the medical community. He had recently been recognized as one of the “2023 Top Doctors in Memphis” by Memphis Magazine. In addition to his work at Campbell Clinic, he served as the director of the Congenital Hand Deformities Clinic at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Dr. Trey Eubanks, interim president and surgeon-in-chief at Le Bonheur, expressed his deep sorrow and described Dr. Mauck as a friend, a respected colleague, and a dedicated physician.
The shooting at Campbell Clinic comes almost two years after the 2021 Kroger supermarket shooting in Collierville, where a third-party vendor opened fire, injuring 15 people and killing one after being asked to leave his job. The community is still grappling with the aftermath of that tragedy, and this recent incident has further shaken the town.
As the investigation into the shooting continues, the medical community and the Collierville community at large mourn the loss of Dr. Benjamin Mauck, a talented surgeon who dedicated his life to helping others.