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MPD temporarily shuts down the TACT unit, reassigns commanders

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department director reassigned three high-ranking TACT commanders to other departments following an internal assessment incited by a barricade situation resulting in two officers shot, a dead suspect, and a burned down house.

Officials confirmed Monday that Lt. Earnest Greenleaf, Major Charles Morris and Lt. Webb Prince will move departments. Major Hines will take over one of the TACT command spots.

The MPD said in a news release Friday that the department is conducting an internal assessment of the TACT unit.

"We just wanted to be sure we're doing all the right things," said director Toney Armstrong.

Armstrong says the TACT unit did not necessarily do anything wrong while serving an arrest warrant on Worthington Street two weeks ago. But the facts, and end results, speak for themselves.

"You can't deny we had two officers shot. You can't deny we had a residence burn down. You can't deny we had a suspect inside of that," said Armstrong.

That is why he temporarily shut down the TACT unit, ordered an internal assessment, and reassigned three commanders to patrol.

Armstrong is consulting with similarly sized departments about other possible practices as the internal investigation continues.

'When the findings of the investigation are in, if there are further changes needed, we'll make those changes as well," said Armstrong.

The former head of Mayor Wharton's security details is now in charge of the TACT unit. The Shelby County Sheriff's office will handle high-risk calls in the meantime.

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