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Could additional help have saved Officer Lang?

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Officer Martoiya Lang was shot and killed serving a drug warrant Friday. Officer Martoiya Lang was shot and killed serving a drug warrant Friday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – Could additional help have prevented the shooting that killed MPD Officer Martoiya Lang?

Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams says ‘yes'.

The loss of Officer Lang is raising many questions about police procedures. But some of those answers are leading to even more questions.

Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams says he has no problem acknowledging when he is wrong.

"I also have no problem if I think that there is an issue, I'm going to raise that issue," said Williams.

Williams says that issue is whether a Tactical Unit from the Memphis police department should have been present when Officer Martoiya Lang was killed serving a drug warrant last Friday.

The Tact Unit is specially trained to handle high-risk situations.

"I was told that the tact team had been requested," said Williams.

Williams says he was initially told by a source the TACT unit had overtime and therefore did not assist with the raid. He has since learned that is not the case.

"I have no problem with retracting the statement that there was not enough overtime, because I want the facts to be real, I have no problem with that," said Williams.

Williams says MPD supervisors ultimately make the decision when to send more help.

"They assess the situation and if the tact team is warranted then they request the tact team," Williams explained.

Due to previous controversies with Memphis City Council regarding police funding, Williams says he continues to raise questions concerning officer safety.

"The police department budget, outside of this specific incident, the budget has been cut," he said. "We definitely thank the citizens of Memphis for the outpouring of love for Officer Lang's family, we don't want that to happen too often."

The Memphis Police Department says OCU is properly trained to do its own entries.

In fact, they carry out a couple hundred search warrants each year.

In this case, the police department says it was simply a terribly unfortunate incident.

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