- Associated Press - Sunday, January 29, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A man charged with killing a Memphis officer in 2012 has denied during his trial that he shot at her.

Treveno Campbell, 25, has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang and attempting to kill five other officers. Lang was Memphis’ first female officer slain in the line of duty.

The Commercial Appeal (https://memne.ws/2kBNwy2 ) reports Campbell testified Sunday in his murder trial that he was asleep but was awakened by a police raid.

He said he didn’t know that police officers had arrived and he started shooting “to scare people out of the house.”

Campbell testified no one was in his room and he saw no one to aim his gun at. He said he was hoping whoever was in the house would leave.

When asked at the trial if he shot at Lang, Campbell said, “no, I wouldn’t do that.”

According to police, Organized Crime Unit officers with a warrant and wearing protective vests entered a home where drug trafficking was suspected on Dec. 14, 2012. Police said they found marijuana, a gun and cash in the house.

Campbell is charged with possessing drugs with the intent to sell, in addition to charges of first-degree murder in Lang’s death, attempted murder of the other five officers and using a firearm while committing a felony.

Campbell testified that he had come home from work, was too tired to play a video game with a housemate and went to bed.

When police arrived, “it was somebody broke into the house,” Campbell testified. “I didn’t know what was going on. A whole lot of racket. I was scared to death.”

Police said Campbell opened fire with a 9mm pistol with a high-capacity magazine, striking Lang and another officer who survived.

Prosecutor Alanda Dwyer said in opening statements last week that Campbell fired 11 shots.

When an officer with a shield entered his room with the word “police” across the front, “I was shocked,” Campbell said.

The officer told him to put up hands up. Campbell said he complied.

Defense attorney William Massey said Campbell stopped firing and put his hands up when he realized he was shooting at police. That’s when an officer shot Campbell three times.

Campbell said he had a gun for protection.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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