- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015
Memphis Police director to retire at end of year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says Police Director Toney Armstrong is retiring at the end of the year.

Armstrong has served as director since 2011, when he replaced Larry Godwin.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/20gRhZshttps://bit.ly/20gRhZs ) Wharton was told by Armstrong this week that he would be leaving the job.

Armstrong was slated to retire in 2017 through the city’s deferred retirement option plan. Armstrong had the option of applying for reappointment under mayor-elect Jim Strickland to serve out his remaining year.

Armstrong had worked as an undercover operative and supervisor and precinct commander before being promoted to major in 2008. In 2010, Godwin appointed him deputy director.



Protesters speak out against outsourcing at Tenn. Capitol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group of protesters has gathered at the Tennessee Capitol to speak out against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration mulling over privatization of operations in state government.

Organizers said Friday that outsourcing workers at state colleges and parks would hurt employees who count on those wages and benefits. Members of the group wore stickers saying “Tennessee is not for sale,” and chanted “H-A-S-L-A-M: Takes from us and gives to them.”

The protesters said they had come from as far away as Knoxville, Johnson City, Pikeville, Murfreesboro and Memphis to deliver a petition opposing privatization to the governor’s office.

Haslam has said that he hasn’t made up his mind on whether to pursue privatization, but has argued that the issue is worth examining if it can save the state money.


2nd person charged in deadly shooting of Memphis officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The wife of a convicted felon charged in the shooting death of an off-duty police officer now faces federal charges of her own.

Natalie Clark has been indicted on charges that she gave her husband Lorenzo Clark three guns despite knowing he is not allowed to have firearms because he is a convicted felon, the U.S. atorney’s office in Memphis said Friday.

Lorenzo Clark, 36, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in the shooting of Officer Terence Olridge on Oct. 11. Police say the men, who are neighbors, got into an argument as Olridge was on his way to work, and it escalated into an exchange of gunfire. Olridge was shot multiple times and died at a hospital.

Lorenzo Clark surrendered to police after the shooting, which unfolded on a street in a residential neighborhood in the Memphis suburb of Cordova. He told police he had a 9mm Glock handgun in his pants, took the gun out and started firing several shots, according to an affidavit. Clark fired “several shots which resulted in a death,” the affidavit said.

Police recovered two more weapons from Clark’s home- a Colt 5.56mm rifle and an Escort 12 gauge shotgun, authorities said. Natalie Clark, 37, is charged with giving him the handgun, the rifle and the shotgun. They each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Their lawyer, William Massey, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. He has said that it appears Lorenzo Clark was trying to defend himself from Olridge.


Police: Kentucky fugitive dies in shootout after manhunt

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper was killed in a shootout with authorities early Friday, ending a nearly weeklong manhunt and relieving a community on the eve of Halloween.

Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was killed in south-central Kentucky after being confronted by state troopers and a federal marshal searching an embankment, Kentucky State Police spokesman Billy Gregory told The Associated Press.

Cook was armed with a handgun and exchanged gunfire with the officers south of Burkesville, Gregory said. No officers were injured.

The manhunt began after Cook was accused of shooting and wounding an Algood, Tennessee, police officer during a traffic stop last Saturday afternoon. He fled in a truck.

Just over an hour later, a Kentucky State Police trooper recognized Cook’s vehicle and tried to stop him in rural Cumberland County, just beyond the Tennessee state line, authorities said. Cook tried to speed away, but wrecked and jumped from the truck. He allegedly opened fire on the officer, missed and ran into the woods.

A swath of the border between Kentucky and Tennessee had been gripped with fear.

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