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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Edward L. Stanton III
, United States Attorney
Contact: Louis Goggans

Shooter of Off-Duty MPD Officer Pleads to Felony Firearm Possession

Memphis, TN – A man responsible for fatally shooting an off-duty Memphis Police officer has pled guilty to felony possession of a firearm. The defendant’s wife has also pled guilty to disposing of a firearm to a felon. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the guilty pleas today.

According to the indictment, Lorenzo Clark, 36, of Memphis, unlawfully possessed a Glock 9mm pistol on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The firearm was reportedly used by the defendant in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Terence Olridge, an officer with the Memphis Police Department (MPD). Olridge was off duty at the time of the shooting.

According to the federal complaint, MPD officers responded to a shooting call at Lorenzo Clark’s Cordova residence. Officers later recovered the Glock 9mm alleged to be used in the shooting from the defendant. Lorenzo Clark admitted to possessing the Glock 9mm prior to and during the shooting with Olridge.

In October 2015, Lorenzo Clark was charged with felony firearm possession.

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, Lorenzo Clark pled guilty to one count of felony firearm possession. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Sheryl H. Lipman on April 15, 2016. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 when sentenced.

Lorenzo Clark’s wife, Natalie Clark, 37, of Memphis, was also charged in the October indictment for providing a firearm to Lorenzo Clark despite knowing he had been convicted of a felony.

On Wednesday, January 6, 2015, Natalie Clark pled guilty to one count of disposing of a firearm to a felon. She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lipman on April 15, 2016. She faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 when sentenced.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with the MPD.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marques Young is prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

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