A man who fatally shot an off-duty Memphis police offer has been charged with murder, authorities said, as reported by WREG.
Lorenzo Clark was charged with felony possession of a firearm. Clark was the neighbor of the slain cop, Terence Olridge. In a statement, the police department said, “While on his way to work on October 11, 2015, Officer Olridge had an encounter with his neighbor Lorenzo Clark. The encounter ended with gunfire exchange between Olridge and Lorenzo Clark. Officer Olridge was struck by the gunfire from Clark. After the shooting, Officer Olridge went back to his residence and tried to get help. He was transported to Regional One where he later died from his injuries.”
The altercation between Olridge and Carter occurred in the suburb of Cordova. However, the details for the same have not been made clear. The shooting is still under investigation, Memphis police spokesman, Louis Brownlee, said. Brownlee did not reveal whether further charges will be filed against Carter. Carter surrendered after the shooting, police said. A court affidavit said that Clark – who was in possession of a 9 mm Glock handgun, which he pulled out and started firing in the street – fired “several shorts which resulted in a death.”
According to Business Insider, Oldridge joined the Memphis police department in September 2014. He leaves behind a four month pregnant fiancee.
In 2003, Clark pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, as reported by Yahoo News.
In the last four years, four police officers have been shot dead. Olridge is the second cop to have been fatally shot in the past two-and-a-half months. Memphis police officer, Sean Bolton, was fatally shot in the line of duty in August. Tremaine Wilbourn was charged with first-degree murder of Bolton.
“It wasn’t very long ago that I stood probably in very close proximity to where I’m standing now and said something very, very similar to what I’m saying here,” Memphis Police Director, Toney Armstrong, said, Washington Post reports. “It just doesn’t get any easier. I didn’t think we’d be here again so soon.”
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