The suspect in the murder of Memphis police officer Terence Olridge was charged on Monday morning with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Other charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday.
Lorenzo Clark, 36, is being held on charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun after he allegedly shot and killed a Memphis police officer Sunday afternoon, the New York Times reported. Clark is said to have gotten into an argument with Olridge in front of their homes as Olridge was preparing to go to work as a police officer. The men are reported to have exchanged gunfire and Olridge was struck multiple times.
Officer Olridge managed to crawl back to his home where he called for help, but he later died at the hospital from his wounds. Clark surrendered to authorities without incident after police arrived to the scene of the shooting.
Clark was previously sentenced to one year in jail following a March, 2003 conviction for reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place.
Breitbart Texas reported earlier on Monday that this is the fourth shooting death of a Memphis police officer in the past four years and the second in seventy-two days. “It wasn’t very long ago that I stood in very close proximity to where I am standing now, and said something very, very similar to what I’m saying here,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told reporters outside the Regional Medical Center where Olridge died Sunday afternoon. “It just doesn’t get any easier. I didn’t think that we’d be here again so soon.”
One neighbor reported as many as fifteen rounds may have been fired during the gun battle between the two. Early reports state the argument between the two men may have been related to a domestic dispute. Police described the details about the shooting as being “sketchy” on Sunday.
According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, other prior charges against Clark include: possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture or sell; driving on a suspended license; violation of probation; contempt of court; criminal trespass; and, disorderly conduct. The records describe Clark as a black male.
Clark is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning where it is possible that additional charges related to the shooting death could be filed. His bond is currently set at 100,000, according to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas.
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