A Memphis police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Saturday night.
Police tell FOX13 that a call came in just before 9:20 p.m. requesting extra law enforcement at Cottonwood and Perkins. The officer was conducting a traffic stop when he was suddenly shot by the driver of the vehicle.
The officer was rushed to Regional One but was later pronounced dead.
According to authorities, the suspect is still on the loose. No description of the suspect has been released.
Memphis Police Director, Toney Armstrong, said in a news conference that the officer hasn’t been identified, pending contact with his family.
Armstrong was emotional when talking about the Memphis police officer’s shooting.
“We’ve been here before. Sad to say, we’ve been here before. This is my third time in the four years I’ve been director. It doesn’t get any easier. This is not only a difficult time for me as a director, but for all the officers behind me and our city as well.”
Mayor A.C. Wharton was asked about the number of guns in Memphis. He avoided making anything political but said it was a reminder as to how bad it can be when firearms are in the wrong hands.
“We won’t make any political statements here. But once again, this is evidence that there are so many guns on the streets in the wrong hands.”
CNN adds in its report that the 33-year-old officer shot and killed suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Fox News reports that this is the third time since July 2011 that a Memphis police officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty.
The Inquisitr has written on all too many stories revolving around law enforcement officers being wounded and killed while on the job.
These kinds of crimes leave fellow officers and city officials devastated. Director Armstrong discussed the situation in the press conference following the shooting death of the Memphis police officer Saturday night.
“It doesn’t get any easier. This is a very difficult time, not only for me as director, but for all the officers that you see standing behind me and a difficult time for our city as well.”
He added, “We’re talking about, from what we know now, routine traffic stop… results in an officer losing his life.”
As details come in, the public will learn more about the police officer who was killed during a routine traffic stop.
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