Arrests made after Orange Mound shooting, police chief says

Arrests made after Orange Mound shooting, police chief says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Arrests have been made after the recent mass shooting in Orange Mound, though they were were for charges other than the shooting, Interim Police Chief C.J. Davis said Tuesday.

Davis, responding to a question by Councilwoman Jerri Green, said that she didn’t want to get into the particulars of the case.

“I don’t want to get too deep into the investigation,” Davis said. “The arrests that we’ve made were made for other charges.”

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Memphis’ interim police chief told city council members Tuesday that major crimes are down compared to last year.

Still, there have been 125 homicides so far in 2024, Chief CJ Davis told a council committee, despite numbers on the city’s website that showed there have been 98.

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Davis went before the city council to give an update on what’s being done to keep the community safe. She discussed Operation Code Zero and how it can help serve as what she calls a “collaborative crime-fighting tool.”

“We can keep our eyes on some of those we consider the worst of the worst offenders, trigger pullers, individuals we know that are out that are out actually committing these offenses,” Davis said.

Davis continued by showing the council the latest numbers regarding the most serious crimes reported. The numbers suggested that those offenses are down nearly 21 percent from the previous year.

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There have been 16,873 of those serious incidents, called Part 1 crimes, in the first four months of 2024, according to numbers shown to council. Compare that to 20,552 in the first four months of 2023

Green also asked about MPD’s online tracking of homicides in the city.

When Davis told her that the website was updated daily, Green asked her about a discrepancy between what was said during Tuesday’s meeting and what the website showed.

“So 125 is what we are saying here, but on the website, it says 98,” Green said.

After the council finished with their questions, WREG attempted to interview Davis.

However, she declined and said she was running behind for a scheduled meeting with the Mayor.

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