Injured officer's neighbors react to shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Injured officer's neighbors react to shooting

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis' top cop offered another encouraging update Thursday night about an undercover officer shot in the line of duty.

"He's going to be fine," said MPD Director Toney Armstrong. "He has been released from the hospital and is home resting."

Many of 32-year-old officer Robert Armour's neighbors said they knew he had a dangerous job.

"But, I didn't know anything had happened to him until you just said something," said neighbor Charles Hibbler, who describes Armour as a "good man." 

"He's a family man, you know," he added. "Mostly with him, his wife, and two kids."

WMC Action News 5 learned Armour and his family worship at his uncle's house every Sunday in an East Memphis neighborhood. That's where he and teenager Gabriel Tetzeli have discussed police work.

"I wanted to do it since I was a little kid and decided it wasn't for me," said Tetzeli.

Tetzeli's mother, Marta, knew Armour worked undercover, but she thought he gave it up after having kids.

"I'm glad to know he's going to heal up because they need him," said Marta. "The department needs him, the city needs him."

Armour was initially rushed to Regional Medical Center in critical condition, where he was stabilized and later released. His mother actually works there.  

"And hopefully he'll recover real fine, and quick," said Hibbler.

WMC Action News 5 is not showing Officer Armour's photo at the request of MPD, because he works undercover. He has been with the department more than eight years.

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