MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The Memphis Police Department has identified the officer who shot and killed an accused animal hoarder.
On Friday, January 11, officers with the MPD TACT Unit were called to assist the Memphis Animal Shelter execute a search warrant for animal cruelty at a home on the 10000-block of Cameron Ridge Trail in Cordova. An animal control officer who had previously tried to make contact with the homeowner sought the MPD's help after the homeowner threatened the MAS officer. After the homeowner refused to talk with Memphis police, the TACT Unit was deployed to execute the search warrant.
When the TACT Unit forced entry to the home, officers encountered an armed suspect pointing a loaded handgun at the officers. A TACT officer, later identified as 36-year-old Phillip Penny, fired at the suspect, hitting him. He was pronounced dead on the scene. During a search of the home officers found several dogs, cats, chickens, opossums and a raccoon; investigators noted living conditions were unsanitary with urine and feces throughout the residence.
Officer Penny was routinely relieved of duty following the incident pending the outcome of the investigation. He has served as an officer for the Memphis Police Department since February 2001.