Officer arrested on burglary, assault charges

NEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - For the second time in a week, Memphis police have arrested one of their own.  Monday morning, officers arrested undercover officer Regina Thompson on charges of burglary and assault.

According to an affidavit of complaint, Thompson showed up unannounced at her ex-boyfriend's house on Washbash Avenue early Monday morning while he was inside with another woman.  When the man refused to let Thompson in, she allegedly crawled through a window to gain entry to the home.

Once inside, affidavit alleges, Thompson then punched the man in the mouth, pointed a gun at him, tore items from the house's walls and flipped over an aquarium containing two snakes.

Neighbors said police investigated the scene of the incident for hours.

"They was down there a good while," neighbor Anthony Morris said. "I thought somebody got killed."

Thompson appeared in court Tuesday on charges of burglary and assault.  Morris said he believes even police can get caught up in trouble.

"Just because they police officers don't mean they always right.  They be wrong, too," he said.  "They break the law like everybody else, you know?  They need to be dealt with the same way."

A police spokesperson said Thompson is off duty and under review following the incident.  She is currently out of jail on bond, scheduled to appear in court again on October 1.

Thompson was the second Memphis police officer to be arrested in a week.  Thirty-seven-year-old patrol officer Chancy K. Jones was arrested last Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 31-year-old Phyllis Malone.

Malone's body was discovered last Tuesday in a car parked at a fast-food restaurant in Memphis.  Police say Jones, who is married, had a sexual affair with Malone shortly before the killing. Authorities say she apparently was killed by a gunshot.

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