- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A convicted felon pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal possession of a firearm in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis police officer.

Lorenzo Clark, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing on April 15 after entering his guilty plea in federal court in Memphis, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

His wife, Natalie Clark, 37, also pleaded guilty to providing a firearm to her husband. Lorenzo Clark 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. She also faces 10 years in prison at sentencing on the same day as her husband.

Authorities say 31-year-old Memphis police officer Terence Olridge was shot multiple times by Lorenzo Clark, a neighbor, on Oct. 11. Police say the men got into an argument as Olridge was on his way to work, and it escalated into an exchange of gunfire. Olridge 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 5.56 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 is one of four Memphis officers who have been shot to death in just over four years.


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