MFD lieutenant charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of a weapon

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A lieutenant with the Memphis Fire Department was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct Wednesday morning.

Just before 6:30 a.m., a Shelby County deputy stopped a vehicle going 75 mph in a 45 mph zone on Hacks Cross.

The deputy told the driver, 42-year-old Karl Jackson, to stay in his vehicle, but he didn’t comply and started shouting obscenities.

Additional deputies responded, and the driver tried to get out of his car again despite being told to stay inside.

Deputies searched his car and found a loaded Ruger 9mm and two loaded magazines, for which he has no handgun carry permit.

Jackson is also charged with speeding and financial responsibility.


  • tack

    How dare you! I’m a firefighter! I’m ABOVE the law! The rules don’t apply to us… just citizens! Sounds like this guy has the same mentality as Congress and our politicians!

  • Low Profile

    75 in a 45? He may be with MFD, but was there really a fire he was in such a hurry to get to?

  • AJ

    It didn’t say anywhere in the article where he gets time off with pay. MFD usually doesn’t get time off with pay for investigations, especially those involving personal issues. If it was 6:30 am, it sounds like he was rushing to get to work by 7am. But since he was arrested, he will most likely be fired.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Uhhhhh, I’m not sure any City of Memphis employee has been fired for an arrest. Look at all the police officers with arrest records when hired. I do commend the officers for locking up this nut case but he certainly will never be fired.

  • Marti

    First: What kind of stupid do you have to possess to speed 75 in a 45, with a loaded gun with no CCW, no insurance and then cuss out the cops? And my taxes pay for these bad apples. I am pleased to see MPD didn’t let him off with just a warning.

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