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Police officer killed, another hurt in Memphis shootout

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 14, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.

— A Memphis police officer was fatally shot and another wounded during a shootout at a home Friday, authorities said.

Officers with the organized crime unit entered a home in east Memphis to serve a drug-related search warrant at 8 a.m. Friday, Police Director Toney Armstrong said.

A suspect with a 9 mm pistol and a high-capacity magazine exited a bedroom and fired numerous shots, striking officers Martoiya Lang and William Vrooman, he said.

Officers returned fire, striking the suspect in the abdomen.

Lang, 32 and a mother of four girls, was shot in her upper torso, Armstrong said. She died of her injuries at the Regional Medical Center.

Vrooman, who was shot in the leg, was treated and released from the same hospital.

The 21-year-old suspect was hospitalized in stable condition, police said. He has no criminal record. Police did not release his name, citing the ongoing investigation.

A 26-year-old man who also was in the home was in custody, but no charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon.

Lang and Vrooman, 32, were the 10th and 11th police officers to be shot while on duty since Armstrong took over the department in April 2011. Lang was the second officer to die.

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