WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - The community of West Memphis and its law enforcement personnel hope they never see another day like May 20, when two police officers were gunned down along I-40, and two others were injured outside the West Memphis Walmart.
Thursday, West Memphis City Council members gave their police department the go-ahead to increase their firepower.
West Memphis Captain Bill Oakes explained a new policy that will issue patrol officers high powered assault rifles.
"The existing policy that we had only allowed for supervisory ranked officers to carry the 223's," Oakes said. "This allows us to put it in additional cars."