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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

UPDATE: In a news conference Dec. 23, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said the TACT Unit has been reinstated.

Director Armstrong said the TACT Unit personnel have learned from their mistakes as there were organizational issues during a controversial barricade situation Oct. 15 that lead to two officers being shot and a suspect dead inside a home.

He says they still need updated equipment and more manpower. Armstrong says incendiary ammunition meant for crowd control was used during that mid-October incident. He says should not have been used.

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Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Tuesday he's nearing a decision on the future of his department's TACT Unit.

The elite squad of officers has been sidelined for weeks during a internal department review.
 
Director Armstrong said he has the Internal Affairs Bureau's review of the TACT unit. He's looked it over and he's prepared to make a decision on the future of the team in the next two weeks.

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The police director stood the team down in late October. It all stemmed from the unit's response to an incident on Oct. 15 where two officers were shot during a standoff with a murder suspect.
 
The house the suspect was in caught fire during that response and he was found dead inside.

Director Armstrong called for an complete review of the unit, and three commanders were reassigned. Now the unit has new leadership.

Director Armstrong said he will be meeting with that leadership team this week to discuss the path forward and then he'll be making a public announcement about the team.

The TACT Unit is a specialized group of MPD officers trained to handle especially dangerous situations.
 
"Anytime that you review something that's extensive as the TACT Unit, certainly there's a great amount of history that's there, so we want to be sure that we've dotted all of our I's and crossed all our T's," the police director said.

Director Armstrong said the new TACT commanders and team members have been going through extensive training over the last few weeks. The Memphis Police Department brought in the FBI to work with the team on tactics and procedures.

The director said while there has been a stand down, the team members have actually been working harder than they're used to. He said his final decision on the team's future will be made by the new year.

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