(WMC-TV) – Fellow officers are honoring Officer Lang tonight, who we now know was on the verge of starting a new phase of her life with her family.
Michael Williams with the Memphis Police Association knew Martoiya Lang, and talked with us about the fallen officer.
A new home was part of that phase for Officer Lang, the mother of four daughters.
"She had just purchased a new home. She was living the American Dream," said Williams.
Officer Lang was a member of a six person Organized crime team that was serving a search warrant on a suspected drug house in Berclair when she was shot and later died at The Med.
Williams told Action News 5 he had just seen her Thursday at the Association offices.
"When you talk about the 99 percent of the officers out here doing an outstanding job, she's the epitome of that," Williams said.
Williams says she started off on the force as a PST (Police Service Technician), using that program to get a college degree. Last year she moved into the Organized Crime Unit.
"Normally those guys are hand-picked. You have to be interviewed, definitely. The department tries to get the cream of the crop," Williams explained.
Williams says the OCU team knew the house they were entering could be a volatile situation because of a suspected gang possibly inside.
Friends say Officer Martoiya Lang put her daughters first. Officers say she excelled at her job and now has a distinction no officer wants.
"This is going to be the first female MPD that has given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Unfortunately, a historical milestone," Williams stated.
Officers from the Tillman station are turned their Christmas party Friday night into a fundraiser for Officer Lang.
At Newby's, officers are dropping off donations and presents for the officer's children.