Man who shot off-duty Memphis officer sentenced to prison

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A convicted felon has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis police officer.

Lorenzo Clark was sentenced Friday in federal court in Memphis. He pleaded guilty in January to the weapons charge in connection with the shooting of 31-year-old officer Terence Olridge, a neighbor, on Oct. 11.

Authorities said the men got into an argument as Olridge was on his way to work, and it escalated into an exchange of gunfire. Olridge, who was black, died at a hospital.

The 36-year-old Clark, who is also black, was not allowed to have a gun because he pleaded guilty in state court to reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place in March 2003.

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