04/03/2012

City denies Tenn. cop's PTSD claim

Policy does not recognize officer's psychological injury

By Amos Maki
The Commercial Appeal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police Department officer Gabriel Lawson was one of dozens of officers who responded to a disturbance at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown on July 3, 2011.

Once inside, Lawson and others found fellow officer Timothy Warren had been shot. While still under fire from his shooter, the officers pulled the fatally wounded Warren from the line of fire and stayed with him until paramedics arrived.

Alexander Haydel of Cleveland, Miss., has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the shootings, accused of killing his wife's former husband at the hotel before shooting the officer.

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