A neighbor of an off-duty Memphis cop who was shot to death over the weekend was charged Monday in connection with the killing, Memphis Police spokesman Louis Brownlee said
Lorenzo Clark, 36, was arrested for felony possession of a handgun. Memphis Police spokesman Louis Brownlee said the investigation is ongoing additional charges are expected.
"We don’t want to rush to judgement and charge him with first-degree murder," he said.
It was unclear if Clark, who was in Shelby County Jail Monday night, had a lawyer. A phone number listed under his name in suburban Cordova appears to be disconnected.
The 31-year-old officer who was killed, Terence Olridge, had graduated from the Memphis police academy just over a year ago, NBC affiliate WMC eported. At his home on Long Shadow Lane, Olridge had a fiancée who was four months pregnant. Their wedding was planned for May, the station reported, just two months after the expected birth of their child.
As Olridge was leaving for work Sunday afternoon, he had an "encounter" with Clark that erupted in gunfire, police said.
Clark's sister told told WMC that her brother was washing his car when the two got into an argument. Then came 15 shots, the station reported. When the shootout was over, Olridge had been "struck by the gunfire from Clark," police said in a news release.
Afterwards, Olridge staggered into his home to get help. He was transported to a Memphis hospital where he later died.
After the shooting, teddy bears and flowers piled up outside Olridge's home. A neighbor, Karen Lax, told WMC that he had been "trying to take care of us and keep us safe, and he lost his life."