US police officer fatally shot during Memphis traffic stop
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.