In a news conference Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong described the circumstances of the shooting as “sketchy.” Local residents described hearing a loud argument and then 15 shots being fired, although no indication is given of whether there was an exchange of gunfire or a single shooter.
The suspect’s sister said someone pulled a gun on him earlier in the day. She said her brother was washing his car when got into an argument with Olridge.
Neighbors said Olridge lived in the neighborhood, but it is unclear whether he did.
Officer Olridge joined the police in September 2014 and was an expectant father, with his fiancee reportedly four months pregnant. He is the second Memphis police officer to be fatally shot in just three months, after Sean Bolton was killed during a routine traffic stop in August.