The Latest: Man charged in fatal shooting of Memphis officer

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Posted: Oct 12, 2015 11:14 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on a Memphis police officer who was fatally shot (all times local):

10:09 a.m.

Authorities say an off-duty Memphis police officer who was fatally shot over the weekend was on his way to work when he and a neighbor had an altercation that led to a shootout.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said Monday morning that Lorenzo Clark has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Brownlee says Clark was a neighbor of 31-year-old Terence Olridge, who died Sunday after being shot multiple times at a home in the Memphis suburb of Cordova.

Police said Olridge was on his way to work Sunday at about 1 p.m. when he had an encounter with Clark outside his house. The men exchanged gunfire, and Olridge was struck. The nature of the encounter was not immediately clear.

After the shooting, Olridge went back to his house and tried to get help. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Police say Clark surrendered peacefully after the shooting.

Clark is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Court records do not show whether he has a lawyer who could be contacted for comment.

Olridge is one of four Memphis officers who have been shot to death in slightly more than four years, and the second to be fatally shot in the past 2 ½ months.

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9:43 a.m.

Court records show a 36-year-old man charged in connection with the shooting with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis officer is a convicted felon.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said Monday morning that Lorenzo Clark has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Brownlee says Clark was a neighbor of 31-year-old Terence Olridge, who died Sunday after being shot multiple times at a home in the Memphis suburb of Cordova. Brownlee declined to immediately provide further details or say whether additional charges would be filed in the case.

Shelby County court records show Clark was sentenced to a year in jail in March 2003 when he pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place.

Clark is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Court records do not show whether he has a lawyer who could be contacted for comment.

Olridge is the fourth Memphis officer to be shot to death in just over four years and the second in the past 2 ½ months.

9:10 a.m.

Police say a 36-year-old man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis officer.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said Monday morning that Lorenzo Clark has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Brownlee says Clark is a neighbor of 31-year-old Terence Olridge, who died Sunday after being shot multiple times at a home in the Memphis suburb of Cordova. Brownlee declined to immediately provide further details or say whether additional charges would be filed in the case.

Clark is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Court records do not show whether he has a lawyer who could be contacted for comment.

Olridge is one of four Memphis officers have been shot to death in just over four years and the second to be fatally shot in the past 2 ½ months.

Officials say Olridge, who joined the department in September 2014, had a fiancee who is four months pregnant.

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3:15 a.m.

Officials say an off-duty Memphis police officer who died after being shot multiple times had been on the force slightly more than a year and had a fiancee who is four months pregnant.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said 31-year-old Terence Olridge was shot on Sunday at a home in the suburb of Cordova. Olridge, who died at a hospital, is the second Memphis officer to be fatally shot in more than two months.

Olridge is also the fourth Memphis police officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years.

Armstrong says a male suspect is in custody but has not been charged.

He adds that the investigation is ongoing and that "details are sketchy." Police on Sunday blocked the street outside the house while they investigated.