Crime victim praises police during residency requirement debate - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Crime victim praises police during residency requirement debate

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The fight over residency requirements for Memphis Police officers was very personal for one woman who spoke out at Monday night's Memphis City Council meeting.

Heather Fox, who survived a nearly deadly carjacking, told council members she wants more officers on the streets, no matter where they live.

"I offered a young woman and her three-month-old baby a ride in which I was carjacked," Fox told council members.

The carjacking happened as Fox tried to be a good samaritan.

"The woman had a 40 caliber gun in her diaper bag," she said.

Seconds later, Fox said, the carjacker shot her.  She told counicl members that police officers helped save her life.

"As I laid on the sidewalk at Hollywood and Sam Cooper bleeding to death - where I lost half my blood - the officers from the Tillman Station came to my aid and saved my life," she said.

Fox was one of more than 70 people who pleaded with council members to hire more police officers from outside the city.

While their attempte failed, crime victims said they hoped telling their stories would help make their point that Memphis need to do more to stop crime.

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