Lying Memphis cop accused of hiring hit man - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

UPDATED: Lying Memphis cop accused of hiring hit man; bought gun for 17-year-old

(WMC-TV) – A former Memphis police officer tried to hire someone to kill the boyfriend of a Memphis teen for $800, investigators say.

According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Kristin Helm, Norman Benjamin was arrested Tuesday.

Benjamin first gained notoriety in early September, when he was shot in the gut while on duty. Though he initially described a man who allegedly shot him, Benjamin eventually recanted and admitted to shooting himself.

Investigators say he lied about the circumstances, and then changed his story several times.

"That's when we received some additional information about the other things," Helm said.

Now in addition to making a false police report, Benjamin is also charged with unlawfully gifting a gun and solicitation of first degree murder.

"All of these charges do stem from three separate incidents," Helm said.

Benjamin is accused of purchasing a pink Smith and Wesson .38 revolver for then-17-year-old Kimberly Beasley. According to investigators, on August 18, the pair walked into a Guns and Ammo store on Summer. Beasley picked out the revolver, and Benjamin paid $455, giving her the gun after they left the store.

About a month before he was shot, investigators say, Benjamin tried to hire a hit man, Wesley Wayne Wilson, to kill Beasley's boyfriend for $800.

"You are trying to get to the truth," Helm said. "That's what we did in this instance."

Before learning he shot himself, police charged 54-year-old Martha Mote in the shooting. Beasley is Mote's niece.

Benjamin remains on the police force, though relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

The TBI opened its investigation of Benjamin at the request of the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, which could still pursue additional charges.

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