West Memphis police to get AR-15s

Move in response to the May death of two officers shot by a teenager with an AK-47

By Kevin McKenzie
The Commercial Appeal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A West Memphis police officer had a military-style rifle in his vehicle when he and another officer were killed May 20 at the side of Interstate 40 by a teenager wielding a powerful AK-47.

Following that tragedy, West Memphis police will for the first time equip some patrol officers with AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, but not because the weapons would have saved the two officers, officials said.

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