Patrolman McCord Lee Springfield, Jr.

Patrolman McCord Lee Springfield, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 1977

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McCord Lee Springfield, Jr.

Patrolman McCord Springfield was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a subject who had fired shots at a civilian passing on the street.

He and three other officers went to the apartment that the shots had come from. Patrolman Springfield and his partner went to the front of the apartment and two other patrolmen when to he rear. Patrolman Springfield took cover near the side door when the suspect suddenly appeared in the door ay and shot Patrolman Springfield in the chest and his partner in the face. Before falling to the ground Patrolman Springfield fired three shots, striking the suspect once.

The suspect fled back into the apartment and the two officers in the rear chased him in. They found the suspect in a back room crouching behind a bed. As they approached the suspect opened fire. One of the officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Patrolman Springfield and his partner were rushed to Methodist Hospital, where Patrolman Springfield died from his wound. His partner recovered and eventually returned to full duty.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I am the daughter of Officer Springfield, my father died when I was seven. I thank you Mr. Parker for your kind words. I wish I could have had the opportunity to know him better.

Monette Lacy Young
Daughter

March 21, 2019

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