03/31/2004

Tenn. Officer Dies in One-Car Crash

Officer Down: Marlon Titus - [Memphis, Tennessee]

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis police officer answering a routine call died early Tuesday when his cruiser swerved off the street and crashed into a wall.

Patrolman Marlon Titus, 31, was alone in the car and the cause of the crash was under investigation, police said.

Titus was responding to a call at about 2 a.m. to help other officers at a convenience store search for a suspected thief.

A witness told WMC-TV that it appeared Titus lost control of the patrol car which jumped a curb, crossed a parking lot and crashed into the wall of a building.

Police said Titus was pronounced dead at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

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