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.
Lorenzo Clark has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in federal and state courts, but there was not enough evidence to support a state murder charge, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said two days after 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, 31, is one of four Memphis officers who have been shot to death in just over four years and the second to be fatally shot in less than three months.