Crime

Police: Memphis Cop Was Shot And Killed By Neighbor

| by Nicholas Roberts
Officer Terence Olridge Allegedly Shot And Killed By NeighborOfficer Terence Olridge Allegedly Shot And Killed By Neighbor

A Memphis police officer was shot and killed in the suburb of Cordova on Oct. 11, according to WMC News. The slain officer was identified by Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong as Terence Olridge, 31.

Memphis authorities reported on Oct. 12, they had charged Lorenzo Clark, 36, with the fatal shooting.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said Olridge and Clark were neighbors. They had been in an argument which eventually escalated into a shootout in the suburban community of Cordova, reports ABC News. The encounter happened at around 1 p.m. on Oct. 11, when Olridge was on his way to work.

According to Brownlee, the men exchanged gunfire with each other and Olridge was struck. He went back to his home for help, and was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police say Clark then surrendered peacefully.

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Olridge became an officer in September 2014, and was going to be a father.

"He has a fiancee that is four months pregnant right now,” Armstrong said of Olridge. “His mother is here. His entire family is here. His entire shift is here."

Mayor A C Wharton and Mayor-elect Jim Strickland, as well as Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, offered statements of condolences and prayers in response to the killing.

Neighbor Karen Lax told WMC News the suspect, Clark, had caused disputes in the neighborhood, and that she was not surprised that something bad had happened.

Lax also said Clark is married with a 9-year-old son.

"He shot that man, a man that lived here trying to protect us, and it made no sense to me whatsoever," Lax said.

Olridge is one of four Memphis police officers who have been shot and killed in the past four years, and the second fatality in just under three months. In August, Memphis Officer Sean Bolton was killed during a traffic stop.

"It just doesn't get any easier," Armstrong told reporters. "I didn't think that we'd be here again so soon."

Sources: WMC News, ABC News / Photo credit: WHBQ via Kiro 7 News