MPD Conducting Internal Review Of TACT Unit

MPD Conducting Internal Review Of TACT Unit

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is not happy with how the TACT unit is run. He's making changes after two TACT unit officers were shot in the line of duty two weeks ago.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is not happy with how the TACT unit is run. He's making changes after two TACT unit officers were shot in the line of duty two weeks ago.

Those changes include some re-assignments and increased scrutiny.

"It's my job to make sure we have a TACT unit that meets the needs of our public and that will adequately serve our citizens," Director Toney Armstrong of the Memphis Police Department said.

Armstrong said it's time to take a look at how MPD’s TACT unit operates.

"As a unit we won't be responding to calls where a tact unit will be called. For now," Armstrong said. "We felt that going forward it was necessary to do an internal assessment of the TACT unit in light of the events that happened a couple of weeks ago."

On October 15th, TACT unit officers Timothy Jackson and Paul Hutchison were shot while serving a warrant at a home on Worthington in South Memphis.

They were looking for Aaron Dumas. Dumas, who shot and killed himself during a five hour standoff, was wanted on attempted murder charges.

"Anytime you have an officer wounded in the line of duty, that's something that doesn't please you and certainly when you have two in the same day while both deployed on the same call it's not something that's pleasing to you," Armstrong said.

Because of the shooting, the major over the tact unit as well as two supervising lieutenants have been transferred.

"I’m not saying mistakes were made. Certainly you can't have an event where two officers have been shot in the same day and not take a very, very close look at that and that's what we're doing," Armstrong said. "I take this as a small bump in the road for them. They're all dedicated and hard working men."

In the meantime, the Shelby County Sheriff's TACT unit will be called in situations where a TACT unit is needed.

Right now, MPD's TACT unit officers are working as regular officers.

Armstrong didn't say how long the TACT unit will be out of commission.
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