A homeowner in his mid-60s was shot and killed by a Memphis police tactical officer Friday evening on Cameron Ridge Road in Cordova while being served an animal cruelty warrant.
The unidentified man was an animal hoarder, police said.
Memphis Police's TACT Unit made the house and entered the residence at around 6:20 p.m., spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said.
The homeowner pointed a hand gun at the tactical officers and one of the officers returned fire, police said.
"Our TACT Officers are trained to address high risk entries," Police Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement. "We never want to take an individual's life, but it is our duty to enforce the law. Thankfully, our officers were the ones who entered this residence and that it wasn't an unarmed Memphis Animal Shelter employee."
Neighbors warned police earlier that this could have been a dangerous situation because the homeowner said he would protect his animals at any cost.
"The search warrant, I believe the animal shelter received information that this homeowner had made threats, that he would harm any officer that came to his residence," Sgt. Rudolph said.
Officers pulled out several animals from the Cameron Ridge home house ranging from cats, dogs, raccoons, chickens and opossums.
Authorities were alerted by neighbors who said there was an overwhelming stench coming from the home.
Officers told FOX13 News that there were "lots of animals" inside the home.
The living conditions were found to be extremely unkempt and urine and feces were found throughout the house creating unsanitary/unhealthy conditions, Sgt. Rudolph added.
The Memphis Animal Shelter is handling the animals that were recovered from inside the house.
The officer who was involved in the shooting has been put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a department investigation, which is standard procedure.
"A thorough investigation will be conducted to ensure that all policies were followed," Director Armstrong said.
FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.
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