Memphis Police Officer Timothy Warren was shot in the head Sunday evening, July 3, 2011. It happened in a stairwell of the DoubleTree Hotel at Union and Third. Also killed in the shooting, 49-year-old Arthur Warren of Cleveland, MS. Arthur Warren's mother tells abc24.com that the men are third cousins, but she doubts they knew each other. Officer Warren is originally from Cleveland, MS.
At the time of the shooting, Police Officer Warren's shift had not yet started. Investigators say he was listening to a police scanner on his way into work, and heard a call for officers to respond to a report of shots fired inside the hotel, related to domestic disturbance.
Police say the suspect, 22-year-old Alexander Haydel of Cleveland, MS, was involved in an argument with his wife and her ex-husband on the sixth floor of the hotel. He left the hotel and returned, armed with a gun. Police say that's when he shot and killed his wife's ex-husband, Arthur Warren. All three were at the hotel for a family reunion.
Police say the suspect ran into Officer Warren in the stairwell, as the suspect was leaving the scene.
Officer Warren has been with the Memphis Police Department since July 2003. He was assigned to the entertainment district, out of the South Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong asked for continued prayers for Officer Warren's family, the Memphis Police Department and the City of Memphis.