Patrolman Martoiya Lang Memphis Police Department, Tennessee End of Watch: Friday, December 14, 2012

Patrolman Martoiya Lang | Memphis Police Department, TennesseeMemphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Martoiya Lang

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Friday, December 14, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 9 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 14, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded

Agency Contact Information

Directory Toney Armstrong
Memphis Police Department
Criminal Justice Complex
201 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 636-3700

Patrolman Martoiya Lang was shot and killed as she and another officer served a narcotics search warrant at a home on Mendenhall Court.
A subject opened fire on the officers at the scene, striking Patrolman Lang and her partner. Despite their wounds, the officers were able to return fire and wounded the subject.
Patrolman Lang had served with the Memphis Police Department for 9-1/2 years. She is survived by four children.

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 Friday morning, Police Director Toney Armstrong said. A suspect fired numerous shots, striking officers Martoiya Lang and William Vrooman, he said.

Armstrong said officers returned fire, striking a suspect.

Lang, 32 and a mother of four, died of her injuries, Armstrong said. Vrooman, who was struck multiple times, was in stable condition at the Regional Medical Center.

The nature of the officers’ wounds was not released. No further details of the shooting were released because of the ongoing investigation.

The 21-year-old suspect also was hospitalized in critical condition, police said. A 26-year-old man who was in the home was in custody, but no charges were immediately filed.

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.

The shooting was a reminder that police officers put their lives in danger every day they are on duty, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said.

"Through it all, we appreciate deeply, beyond measure — words can’t express the sacrifice they make for our city," Wharton told reporters outside the hospital.

Flags will be flown at half-staff in the city to honor Lang. She had been with the department since June 2003, Armstrong said.

"She was a friend, a family member," he said.

More than a dozen officers gathered outside the hospital. One woman was seen crying loudly and being led into the hospital. Armstrong was visibly shaken as he and Wharton spoke with reporters.

Wharton said the shooting reflects a national problem, where too many criminals have too many guns.

"Nobody has a Second Amendment right to load up and kill a police officer," he said.

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2 Responses to “Patrolman Martoiya Lang Memphis Police Department, Tennessee End of Watch: Friday, December 14, 2012”


  1. 1 Joan Parker December 14, 2012 at 22:08

    Rest In Peace Patrolman Lang…

  2. 2 Katherine Windsong December 15, 2012 at 07:35

    We go on through our offspring. May the care of Martoiya’s girls in happy good homes be a priority now in helping honour her memory and bringing forward the future we all want and she worked to give us. Blessings to Martoiya’s family and our memories of happier times when children played outside and we enjoyed our neighbors.


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