TDOC correctional

officers to get pay raise

Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday announced a competitive 37% salary increase for new Tennessee Department of Correction correctional officers amid nationwide staffing challenges, effective today.

“As we face staffing shortages across the country, rewarding officers with competitive pay will ensure we recruit and retain the most highly qualified individuals in our workforce,” Lee said in a news release. “These Tennesseans play a crucial role in ensuring public safety and we remain committed to valuing their important work.”

The 37% salary increase for new TDOC correctional officers will raise annual starting pay to $44,500. Current security staff will receive a minimum 15% pay increase.

TDOC will continue to offer a $5,000 hiring bonus and part-time opportunities for current or retired law enforcement to meet staffing needs.

— Staff Report

Police: Officer kills motorist

in stolen car in Memphis

MEMPHIS — A police officer shot and killed a motorist who was driving a stolen car and hit a police vehicle on Wednesday in Memphis, authorities said.

Police said officers in south Memphis tried to stop a Ford Fusion stolen out of Olive Branch, Mississippi, when the female driver hit a police car.

An officer fired at the driver, who died on the scene, police said. One person was detained, but it was not clear if that person was in the car with the motorist who was killed.

A stretch of a major road was blocked afterward. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was leading the investigation.

No further details were immediately released, including the identities of the officer and the driver.

— Associated Press

Man arrested in off-duty

Memphis officer’s 2015 killing

MEMPHIS — A Tennessee man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer in 2015, authorities said.

Lorenzo Clark, 42, was arrested at a home after he was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Memphis police officer Terence Olridge, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Shelby County district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Police said Olridge, 31, was Clark’s neighbor in the Memphis suburb of Cordova. In October 2015, Olridge drove past Clark’s house on his way to start his police shift when the men began arguing, authorities said.

Olridge made a U-turn and stopped in front of Clark’s house before both men fired guns at each other, authorities said. Olridge was hit three times and then ran home and collapsed, authorities said.

Investigators did not have enough evidence to file state murder charges against Clark after the shooting.

— Associated Press

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