The Memphis, Tennessee, police force lost one of its own on Sunday when an off-duty officer was gunned down on his way to work.
The fatal shooting of rookie Officer Terence Olridge, 31, happened just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee tells PEOPLE.
On Monday, Brownlee says authorities arrested Olridge’s neighbor, 36-year-old Lorenzo Clark, on charges related to the officer’s death.
Brownlee says that Olridge and Clark had a brief encounter as the officer was headed for his car. “The encounter ended with a gunfire exchange,” according to Brownlee.
Olridge was allegedly struck by one of Clark’s bullets, and retreated to his home. He called 911 and was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead by medical staff.
Clark has been charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. He has not yet entered a plea.
“This is an ongoing investigation, and we ask that you keep Officer Olridge’s family and the members of the Memphis Police Department in your prayers,” said Toney Armstrong, the police department’s director.
Olridge joined the Memphis police force little over a year ago, says Brownlee. He is survived by his fiancée, who is four months pregnant with his child.
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