US po­lice of­fi­cer fa­tally shot dur­ing Mem­phis traf­fic stop

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A U.S. po­lice of­fi­cer was fa­tally shot dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Mem­phis in the south­east­ern state of Ten­nessee on Satur­day night and a man­hunt is un­der­way for the sus­pect, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

Mem­phis Po­lice Di­rec­tor Toney Armstrong said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that po­lice re­ceived a call Satur­day night about an of­fi­cer be­ing shot. Armstrong said the of­fi­cer was con­duct­ing a traf­fic stop when he was shot mul­ti­ple times. The of­fi­cer died at a hos­pi­tal.

Armstrong didn’t iden­tify the of­fi­cer, pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of next of kin. But in a later state­ment po­lice de­scribed the of­fi­cer as a 33-yearold male who had been trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter suf­fer­ing “mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.”

Armstrong said po­lice haven’t made an ar­rest and the sus­pect is on the run. He said po­lice are us­ing all avail­able re­sources to find the shooter.

It is the third Mem­phis of­fi­cer to be fa­tally shot in slightly more than four years. Of­fi­cer Tim War­ren was killed while re­spond­ing to a shoot­ing at a down­town Mem­phis ho­tel in July 2011. In De­cem­ber 2012, Of­fi­cer Mar­toiya Lang was killed while serv­ing a war­rant.

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