Investigation into murder of Ed Vidulich continues - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Investigation into murder of Ed Vidulich continues

The police CSI command unit and a patrol car remained in front of Lt. Ed Vidulich's Frayser home Thursday, where the 28-year veteran of the force was murdered Sunday night. 

Thursday, sources close to the investigation said he was shot twice in the head with a 40 caliber weapon. 

According to investigators, Vidulich was last seen at the Roadhouse, a bar near his home.

John Wayne Hopper, a bartender at Harpo's, said Vidulich often frequented his establishment as well. 

"He usually rotates...stops by there, stops by here," Hopper said. "(It) seemed kind of strange that he didn't stop in." 

A bartender at the Roadhouse said Vidulich left sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. after he called his wife to tell her he was going home. 

Jonathan Brody, Vidulich's physician and long time friend, said he got an e-mail full of forwarded jokes from the fallen officer at 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

"He only lives about a mile from here," Brody said. "He's been in this officer countless times. He was a friend a buddy. Our interest is in finding out who did it."

Vidulich's burned-out SUV was discovered in the driveway of a vacant house about a half a mile from his home.

Investigators believe the murder may have been premeditated because the people who burned his car had to have an accelerant with them.   It is also likely the unknown suspects knew they were dumping the vehicle at an abandoned house.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified for this story said she did not anything unusual Sunday night.


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