Memphis police officer Martoiya Lang, a mother of four and a nine-year veteran of the force, was shot and later died of her injures, and her partner was shot Friday morning while they were serving a drug warrant at a Mendenhall Cove house.
"Today she made the ultimate sacrifice while attempting to keep drugs off our streets," Police Director Toney Armstrong said during a news conference on Friday.
Both were assigned to the Organized Crime Unit. They were serving a warrant just after 8 a.m., when Treveno Campbell, 21, opened fire at the officers.
Officer Lang, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was shot in the upper torso, Director Toney said.
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Lang's partner, Officer William Vrooman, 23, was also shot; he was shot in the leg and released from the MED on Friday afternoon. The suspect was also shot several times when the officers returned fire.
Memphis police charged Traveno Campbell, 21, with First Degree Murder and Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder. Willie Braddock, 26, was found in the Mendenhall Cove residence and is charged with Possession of Controlled Substance with intent to Manufacture/Deliver/Sell Marijuana; the drug charges come after several bags of marijuana were found inside the home.
There was a crowd of blue outside the The MED on Friday. Numerous officers gathered to support their colleagues.
"As you can imagine this is something that literally ripped out the hearts of this department," Director Armstrong said. "You have no way of knowing the impact this has on the department."
Mayor A C Wharton visiting the officers conveyed the community's support for its police force.
"We want them to know and their families to know that through it all we appreciate deeply beyond measure, that words cannot express the sacrifices that they make for our city," the mayor said.
Director Armstrong said the gunman was using a 9mm handgun; a common weapon on the streets of Memphis.
"This is our reality. This is something that we face on a day to day basis," the police director said.
When officers are serving a warrant they never know what's waiting on the other side of the door.
"These are very dangerous situations and it's getting even more dangerous because a lot of the criminal element, now they don't want to just go peacefully," said Michael Williams, President of the Memphis Police Association.
Officer Lang leaves behind four children ages 14, 13, 12 and 2.
A memorial fund has been set up at SunTrust Bank for Officer Lang and her children.
On Monday, Dec. 17, the Memphis Police Association will be at the Wolfchase Galleria to collect funds for the Officer Lang Memorial.
FOX13 News and Q107 will also be at the Wolfchase Galleria to assist the MPA in collecting funds for the memorial.