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Captain Tommy Campsey remembers every detail of that day including the danger officers like him faced bringing pistols to a gunfight with a man carrying an AR-15.
"Right off the bat you're at a disadvantage," said Campsey. "We had to get closer to him to hit him. He could hit us longer distance."
Two officers were injured in that gunfight which lead the department to assign an AR-15 to every car.
"It gives an officer a lot of confidence knowing he has the ability to take care of any situation he comes in contact with at that point," said Campsey
For years the Fraternal Order of Police President Robert Weaver has been asking for something similar in Metro.
Now he's getting his wish.
The Department is allowing 20 officers who undergo training to carry their personal AR-15s in the car.
"We wanna make sure we have the tools to deal with the threats we may encounter us on the streets," said Weaver.
Police Chief Steve Anderson said recent events like the Newtown, CT shooting influenced his decision to change policy.
Currently only officers on specific assignment like SWAT can carry assault style weapons.
"We've watched what other departments are doing and their success with it before we decided to implement and authorize," said Anderson.
Tuesday, January 15 2013, 10:40 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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