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Mississippi man charged with murder in shootings of Memphis officer, another man in hotel
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) ' A Mississippi man who was charged Tuesday with murder in the shootings of a Memphis police officer and another man told investigators he planned to use his military training to kill more officers during the incident.
A court affidavit shows that Alexander Blaise Haydel, 22, was charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Officer Timothy Warren and Arthur Warren, who are not related.
The shooting took place Sunday in the Doubletree Hotel, located in the heart of Memphis' downtown and across the street from a minor league baseball stadium where a game was being played. Police cars and heavily armed officers swarmed the hotel and surrounding area after shots were reported.
Haydel was being held at a Shelby County jail on Tuesday. He has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday. Records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer.
His mother, Diane Haydel, 42, said she has not spoken with her son since he was charged. She said the family cannot afford a private lawyer. She said she felt bad for the victims' familes.
"He was drunk and he got angry and now a lot of people have to pay the price for that foolish, foolish act," Diane Haydel told the Associated Press in a phone interview from her home in Cleveland, Miss.
The court document says Haydel and his wife were visiting Memphis from Cleveland when they got into an argument on Beale Street.
During the argument, Haydel bit his wife's lip, causing a cut. Haydel was then confronted by Arthur Warren, the woman's ex-husband, and the two men got into their own argument, police said.
All three then went to the hotel. That's when Haydel went to retrieve two handguns from two vehicles parked at the hotel, police said in the document.
Haydel found and confronted Arthur Warren on the ninth floor, police said. They fought, and Haydel is accused of fatally shooting the 49-year-old man with one of the guns, the document showed. Haydel then tried to escape by using the stairs.
Meanwhile, Memphis police responding to the scene began climbing the stairs in their search for the shooter. Several officers exited on the eighth floor, but Officer Warren continued to the ninth.
The 39-year-old officer encountered Haydel, who is accused of shooting the policeman and took his service weapon and two fully loaded magazines.
Haydel told investigators that he used two military tactics he learned while serving in the Army as an infantryman, the document showed. The first tactic was seeking higher ground to gain an advantage on the officers.
The second was placing two fire extinguishers next to the officer's body.
"As responding officers attended to Officer Warren, Haydel's plan was to shoot the fire extinguishers, hoping they would explode and '... kill everyone in the blast radius,'" the document said.
Haydel was unable to execute his plan. He was arrested by officers and taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries. A booking photo shows Haydel had cuts on his face and head.