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Patrolman Larry P. Childress | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman

Larry P. Childress

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, January 14, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Three sentenced to life in prison

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Patrolman Childress was shot and killed when he and his partner responding to a report of a home invasion robbery in the 5600 block of Shady Grove Road. The two suspects had impersonated Police Officers to gain access to the house and when inside tied up the occupants. One of the hostages was able to break free and call police. When Patrolman Childress and his partner arrived Patrolman Childress went to the side of the house while his partner knocked on the front door.

While on the side of the house Patrolman Childress encountered the two suspects and was shot and killed.

Both suspects were apprehended, along with a third man that was driving a get-away car. All three were convicted to robbery and murder and sentenced to life in prison. One of the suspects was denied parole on August 12, 2003.

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I was working a temporary assignment with the AGs' office and was at Summer and White Station when the call came out as Officer Down and was on scene in just a minuet or two. Larry was lying in the snow and was already gone. Bad scene friend and fellow officer dead lying in Blood soaked Snow can't get that image out of my head even after 34 years. Larry appeared to be in a running gun battle with suspects when all parties decided to use a line of Pine trees for cover as they exchanged shoots. Larry extended his Strong Shooting hand out from the cover and incoming round came right down his arm and seveved the artery in his arm and he bled out..We did not even have bvest in those days. LUCKY SHOT!!!!!!

Asst.Chf. Terry Leggett Ret.
Shelby County Sheriffs Dept.
January 15, 2016

 

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