AC Wharton statement: "This is truly a sad day for the City of Memphis. As has been shared by Police Director Toney Armstrong, we lost one of the brave members of the Memphis Police Department to a shooting incident today. Officer Martoiya Lang was not only a faithful officer, but a loving mother and beloved daughter. As a city, we mourn the loss of this courageous soul. I am asking that we all would pray for the family Officer Lang leaves behind. This is a tragic reminder that the brave men and women of the Memphis Police Department put their lives in harm's way every day in securing the public's safety."-AC Wharton
Steve Cohen statement: "My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in the senseless gun tragedies today-in both Memphis and Newtown, Connecticut. I support President Obama's call for meaningful action to try to prevent such events from taking place in the future. I know that everyone will come together to help these communities in their time of need."
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is asking everyone to please pray for the family of the officers involved. Mayor AC Wharton asked that all flags be flown at half mast until further notice.
This comes after 2 officers were shot, one killed earlier today in East Memphis just after 8am.
"Upon entry into the residence, two OCU officers were struck by gunfire. Officers then returned fire striking the 21-year-old suspect. Officer William Vrooman, 32, was transported to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition but is now in stable condition. Officer Martoiya Lang, 32, was transported to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition but was later pronounced deceased. The suspect was transported to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition."
One additional individual, male, 26, was located inside the residence and was taken into custody. No other injuries were reported.
No charges have been filed at this time.
OFFICIAL RELEASE: OFFICER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Officer William Vrooman's photo will not be released due to the fact that he is assigned to MPD's Organized Crime Unit. Vrooman was hired by MPD August 20, 2007. He has been assigned to OCU since July 28, 2012.
MPD Director Toney Armstrong said, "This is a constant reminder of what police work is really about. So often we get side tracked with some of the other things that go on, we have an officer who goes out and does something inappropriate and it gets all the media attention. But at the end of the day, we have officers like this officer who leaves her small kids at home, come put it all on the line."
The last time a MPD officer was killed in the line of duty was July 3, 2011. That was 39 year old Timothy Warren. Officer warren was shot and killed while responding to a shooting at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Memphis.
The shooter, Alexander Haydel, who was a distant relative, awaits trial. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.
Several years before that in 2004, Officer Marlon Titus was killed in a car crash. He was responding to a back up call when he lost control of his cruiser and slammed into a building on Park Avenue.
And in 2003, Memphis Police Officer Anthony Woods was shot four times while responding to a domestic violence call in Orange Mound. The man who killed him committed suicide.
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