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Accused cop killer likely to face death penalty

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Court documents provide new details on the officer who was killed Friday morning while serving a drug warrant.

While Organized Crime Unit officers were placing a suspect into custody, Treveno Campbell fired multiple shots at the officers. Police say Campbell killed Officer Martoiya Lang in the upper torso and struck Officer William Vrooman in the leg. 

Police returned fire and struck Campbell.  The 21-year-old with no criminal history, now likely faces the death penalty. 

"Could be awhile before he gets into court," says Gerald Skahan with the Shelby County Public Defender's Office.

Unless Campbell can hire a private attorney, Skahan says the Public Defender's Office will take his case.

"In any case that involves a police officer as a victim, very, very difficult," adds Skahan.

Skahan says police officer homicide victim cases heighten emotions for all involved.

"In this case, I don't know if police identified themselves but I don't know often in these cases if it is a drug house, if you're running a drug house who's, coming through that door, whether its police or someone trying to steal your drugs, which happens in the streets." 

While Campbell's statement is not listed in court documents yet, police list the motive behind the killing was to protect his drug assets. 

Treveno is in stable condition at The MED. He is expected in court to face charges on Dec. 20. No bond is recommended.

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