An off-duty police officer was shot multiple times and killed Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee, the Associated Press reported. The officer’s death marks the fourth police officer killing in four years in Memphis.
Authorities identified the officer as Terence Olridge, 31, but said details of the incident "are sketchy.” An investigation was ongoing, and a male suspect was in custody.
The shooting happened at a home in Cordova, a suburb of Memphis, and police received a phone call around 1 p.m. Authorities said Olridge had a fiancée who was four months pregnant. Olridge joined the police force in September 2014, CBS reported.
Photo released of Officer Terence Olridge, who joined the police department 9/22/14 according to MPD. pic.twitter.com/JsjXuOhZhX
— Local 24 News (@LocalMemphis) October 11, 2015
Olridge’s uncle told local media his nephew was heading to work and was shot in his car. He said Olridge was able to crawl to his house and call for help.
“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, Oldridge’s uncle told WHBQ, Memphis. “I don't know exactly how he made it back, but made it back to the garage door.”
Olridge’s death comes at a moment of high tension over gun control in the U.S. after multiple campus shootings this month. Last week one person died during a shooting at Texas Southern University and 10 people died in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
With Olridge’s death, four police officers have been killed in Memphis in the last four years. Officer Sean Bolton was killed while on duty in August. Tremaine Wilbourn was charged with the officer’s death. Wilbourn was on probation for armed robbery when he killed Bolton at a traffic stop.
In 2012 Officer Martoiya Lang was serving a warrant when she was killed. She left behind four children. Officer Tim Warren was killed in 2011 when he responded to a hotel shooting.
"I didn't think that we'd be here again so soon," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told the media Sunday.