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Memphis library renamed in honor of MPD officer killed in line of duty

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – An East Memphis library was renamed Tuesday in honor of a Memphis Police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

The White Station Library will now be known as The Officer Geoffrey Redd Library.

Redd’s mother spoke at Tuesday’s Memphis City Council meeting, where members voted for the name change.

“This is the deepest loss for me. He was my oldest child. He was a great person. A great man. I miss him dearly,” the mother said.

Redd and another MPD officer responded to a trespassing call at the library on Feb. 2.

The suspect, Torence Jackson, opened fire on Officer Redd and his partner, striking Redd before his partner returned fire and killed Jackson, officials said.

Officer Redd died from those injuries on Feb. 18.

The library partially reopened on Feb. 21, limiting customers to curbside service, before allowing patrons back inside on March 13.

Redd was a 15-year veteran of the department, a former U.S. Marine, and also directed security at Greater Community Temple COGIC, where he attended service.

A new sign and memorial plague will be installed outside the library.

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