MEMPHIS, TN – According to police, two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of an off-duty firefighter who was found shot to death inside of his car on July 15th. The Memphis firefighter, identified as Mack Bond, had reportedly been a firefighter for 21 years.
2 arrested in connection to shooting death of off-duty firefighterhttps://t.co/R5uHQsjI0r
— WMC Action News 5 (@WMCActionNews5) July 18, 2020
When Joe Norman, from the Memphis Firefighters Association heard about the passing of his friend Bond, he was struck “speechless”:
“I’m speechless. He was a great firefighter. I worked with him many a time. He was always outgoing energetic happy.”
An affidavit revealed that Danielle Mack and Carlton Wells were both arrested on July 17th, with regard to the murder of Bond. From what the affidavit claims, Wells was initially identified as a suspect by way of obtained surveillance footage reportedly captured near the scene.
After Wells was taken into custody by police, he had openly admitted to being the gunman who killed Bond.
UPDATE: Two arrested in killing of off-duty firefighter in Raleigh.
As soon as there’s indisputable evidence these low life scumbags should be shot in public. They killed this man for no reason. https://t.co/5pF6TpkIej
— Mike In Memphis (@mike55077866) July 19, 2020
However, the suspect gave further insight into the events that led up to the murder, claiming Bond was making some rather obscene requests to him and Mack.
Wells told investigators that he and his girlfriend Mack were inside of their parked vehicle at Kennedy Park on Raleigh Lagrange Road, when Bond parked his car next to theirs.
According to Wells, Bond had asked for Wells and Mack to have sex with each other, presumably in front of him. After Bond allegedly requested said act to be performed, Wells claimed that he became uncomfortable and opened fire on Bond.
It’s a rather strange version of events – and even if there is just a shred of truth to said interaction – that still wouldn’t absolve someone from criminal charges of murder, which is what Wells was charged with.
BREAKING: 2 arrests in the shooting death of @MEM_Fire Firefighter Mack Bond.
The 21-year MFD veteran was found dead in his car On Raleigh LaGrange.
Carlton Wells is charged with 2nd-degree murder.Danielle Mack is charged w/ tampering with/ fabricating evidence. Motive unclear. pic.twitter.com/PX1QPiiXzN
— Winnie Wright (@WinnieWrightTV) July 18, 2020
Mack, Wells’ girlfriend, was charged with tampering of evidence. The rationale for the charges against Mack, stem from the vehicle that Mack and Wells were inside during the time of the murder.
It turns out that the car was a rental, and shortly after the shooting took place, Mack returned the car to the rental location in order to exchange it for a new rental car.
With so many unknowns in this case, the one thing that is certain, is that Bond, a veteran Firefighter, did not deserve to be murdered. We at Law Enforcement Today will keep family and those close to this fallen Firefighter in our prayers.
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The city of Memphis has also endured overall recent alarming statistics when it pertains to violent crime and murder.
Hundreds are being murdered in Memphis, many of whom are children. This alarming trend is not isolated to Memphis, either. We see increased violent crime and murder, including those involving children, throughout major cities in the US.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Police Director Michael Rallings released statistics during a news conference on July 8th. They were joined by Colonel Darren Goods, Commander of the Investigative Services. Colonel Goods provided specific information on some of the children murdered this year.
So far, in 2020, 120 people have been murdered in the city. Eighteen of those murders are children. Fourteen of the children were murdered, one was deemed justifiable homicide, and three were ruled accidental. Eight of the murders remain unsolved while the majority were killed in drive-by shootings. Six have had suspects apprehended.
According to WREG, the youngest victim was just nine months old.
During the press conference, Strickland said:
“We have a 10 year-old who was standing on his porch with other people when he was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. We had a 6 year-old and a 16 year-old inside a house who were both shot and killed in a drive by shooting.”
Director Rallings said:
“These children will not see the future. They will never enjoy what life has to offer. They are gone and they will never return.”
Of the 120 people killed this year, 108 were black, six were white, five were Hispanic, and one was Asian. Eleven were domestic violence-related, 34 involved known gang members, and 53 were committed by someone who knew the victim.
Over the 4th of July weekend, 80 people were victims of aggravated assault, 26 people were shot, and 4 resulted in death.
“At this rate, Memphis will break the record number of homicides set in 2016. We had 228 homicides that year.”
Rallings asked where the outrage and protests from the local community were for the 120 victims who have been murdered:
“Their lives should matter to society. Where is the outrage for these victims? Why isn’t Crime Stoppers being overrun with phone calls?”
The community will need to step up to put an end to violent crime and commit themselves to this cause in order for anything to change, according to Rallings.
“The loss of even one life is too many regardless of age, but when we lose a child before they even know what live is and can take advantage of what is out there, is almost unbearable. I’d ask us all to pray for the families of these young people.”
Many of these children were killed near their homes, in their own neighborhoods.
Poignantly, Director Rallings began his comments by listing the ages of some of the children involved.
“Nine months, two years old, three years old, five, six, I could go on. Seven, nine, 10, 12, 15, and 17…these are ages of the 18 children who have lost their life.”
Colonel Goods passionately asked the citizens of Memphis for help.
“Memphis, we are better than this. We are better than this and we employ anyone that has any information relevant to any of these unsolved homicides…to come forward and provide that information that could change the direction of these investigations.”
Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) July 8, 2020
Mayor Strickland echoed the pleas for help. He said:
“We need your help. There are people out there who know who committed these terrible acts. Someone knows who did all of these. We need you to step up and do the right thing.”
If you have information on any of these crimes in Memphis, they ask that you call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.
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