- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A convicted felon was sentenced Friday to four years and three months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis police officer.

Lorenzo Clark was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman in Memphis. He pleaded guilty in January to the weapons charge in connection with the shooting of 31-year-old officer Terence Olridge, a neighbor, on Oct. 11.

Authorities said the men got into an argument as Olridge was on his way to work, and it escalated into an exchange of gunfire. Olridge, who was black, died at a hospital.

Clark, 36, was not allowed to have a gun because he pleaded guilty in state court to reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place in March 2003. Clark also is black.

Clark’s wife, Natalie Clark, 37, was sentenced Friday to one year plus one day in prison for providing a firearm to her husband. She also pleaded guilty in January.

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 9 mm 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 5.56 mm rifle and an Escort 12-gauge shotgun, authorities said. His wife was charged with giving him the handgun, the rifle and the shotgun.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said two days after the shooting that there was not enough evidence to support a murder charge against Lorenzo Clark, saying witnesses gave authorities different stories about the shooting. The shooting is not being treated as a death of an officer in the line of duty because Olridge was off duty and not taking official police action, Armstrong said.

Olridge was one of four Memphis officers who had been shot to death in a span of just over four years.


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