An off-duty Memphis police officer was shot multiple times and killed Sunday afternoon, FOX13 reported.
Police Director Toney Armstrong identified the officer as Terence Olridge, 31, during a news conference. Olridge was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition but later died from his injuries. The shooting occurred in Cordova, a major retail center just east of Memphis.
A suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Olridge was shot near his house after he left to go to work, his uncle told FOX13. His fiance, who is four months pregnant with the couple’s first child, was inside the home at the time of the shooting.
“We just got a call, told us he’d been shot on his way to work, that he made his way back to the door some kind of way,” Jerry Kelly, Olridge’s uncle, said. “I don’t know exactly how he made it back, but made it back to the garage door.”
Olridge had only been with the Memphis Police Dept. since September 2014, when he started as a basic recruit. A smiling Olridge was interviewed in February by FOX13 when he graduated to the police force.
“Got a task ahead of me and I am prepared,” he said.
Oldridge is the fourth Memphis officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years. His death comes only two months after Officer Sean Bolton was fatally shot. Cops believe an ex-convict shot Bolton as the officer interrupted a drug deal. A suspect in that case, Tremaine Wilbourn, has been charged with first-degree murder.
“It’s sad, sad it keeps on happening in Memphis,” Kelly told FOX13. “Just another life gets taken, someone’s life gets taken another day. It’s sad.”