An off-duty Memphis police officer was shot multiple times and killed outside his home Sunday afternoon, becoming the second city officer to be fatally shot in just over two months.
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.
Armstrong said a male suspect is in custody in connection with the shooting, but has not been charged. He noted that the investigation is in its early phases, adding that "details are sketchy."
Police told the Memphis Commercial Appeal the shooting happened at around 12:50 p.m. local time Sunday. The paper reported that the shooting related to a dispute Olridge had with one of his neighbors, and several officers could be seen at a house other residents identified as where the suspect lived.
Karen Lax lives in the neighborhood and told WMC she witnessed the suspect during a previous hostile encounter with a different neighbor.
"I'm not really surprised something bad happened," she said.
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. Neighbors reported hearing as many as 15 gunshots, according to WMC.
"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.
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.
"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."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.