Arrest made in murder of Memphis police officer - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Arrest made in murder of Memphis police officer

Lt. Ed Vidulich Lt. Ed Vidulich
Dexter Cox (Courtesy Shelby-Sheriff.org) Dexter Cox (Courtesy Shelby-Sheriff.org)

SUNDAY AM UPDATE:

Memphis Police have scheduled a press conference for 3:00 p.m. today to discuss the latest developments in the case.   Log on to WMCTV.com at 3:00 p.m. to watch the press conference live.  Video will stream in the player at the top of our homepage.


Action News 5 has learned an 18-year-old man has been arrested in the murder of Memphis Police Lieutenant Ed Vidulich.

Memphis Police spokesperson Monique Martin confirmed in an email statement that an arrest had been made in the case, but released no further details about the suspect.

Sources later confirmed to Action News 5 the 18-year-old suspect is a Memphis man, Dexter Cox.  Sources told Action News 5's Janice Broach the murder happened "after an argument over stolen goods."

Vidulich was found murdered in his home early Monday morning. His murder sparked a fierce manhunt for the person responsible.

Vidulich's car was found several blocks away from his home in the 1600 block of Winston Drive. Investigators said it had been set on fire.

When Vidulich did not show up for work Monday, co-workers became concerned and went to his home to check on him. His body was found just after 1:00 a.m.

Police said Vidulich talked with his wife, a sheriff's department dispatcher, by phone around 9 p.m. Sunday, and the SUV was believed to have been set on fire around 10:30 p.m.

Martin said Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin would convene a press conference Sunday to announce information on the arrest, charges, and to answer questions from the press. 

You can watch the press conference live on Action News 5 and WMCTV.com.  Details on the time and location of the press conference will be posted in this space when they are released.

Stay with WMCTV.com for updates on this story.

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