By The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say one of their officers and another person have died from their injuries in a shooting at a hotel in the middle of the city’s crowded entertainment district.
Police Director Toney Armstrong says Officer Timothy Warren, a patrol officer with the department since 2003, died at Regional Medical Center.
Warren was among several officers responding to a call at the Doubletree Hotel around 7 p.m. Sunday. A civilian victim was also shot and later died in what officials said started as a domestic dispute. A suspect is in custody.
The hotel sits at a busy intersection adjacent to the historic Peabody hotel and the Memphis Redbirds minor-league stadium, where a game was being played and July Fourth fireworks were planned afterward.
WMC-TV reported that police had responded earlier in the night to a disturbance call involving the same suspect, but let him go. When they were called back, the officer who was shot took the stairs while other officers took the elevator.
Joel Miller of Maryland was attending a family reunion at the hotel. He told The Commercial Appeal that he got in an elevator with the suspect, who was wearing shorts and a plaid shirt.
He “seemed off,” Miller told the newspaper, “like he was out of it.”
Miller said as the man got off on the third floor, he pulled a gun from his pocket. “He looked at us and pointed his finger and did like this,” Miller said, pretending to fire a weapon.