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Germantown PD reviewing how 911 call from Wright's phone was handled

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By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Lorenzen Wright's family attorney, Gail Mathes, did not suggest a law was broken, but she definitely believes Germantown Police may have dropped a ball.

"Well, it's hard for me to imagine that a dispatcher would ignore a call where you hear shots fired," said Mathes.

A 911 call from Wright's cell phone was received the morning after the basketball star was last seen alive by his family.

"It's clear the 911 call was absolutely related to this situation," said Mathes.

According to published reports, the call included a male's voice uttering a curse word followed by nearly a dozen gunshots.

"And yet, that information was not conveyed obviously until very recently," said Mathes.

In fact, details of the call were not discussed with other agencies until Wednesday morning, nine days after the call was made last Monday morning and six days after Wright's family reported him missing to police in Collierville last Thursday.

The information soon led a Shelby County Sheriff's search crew to Wright's body in a wooded area near Hacks Cross and Winchester Roads.

"It put the family through a terrible ordeal," said Mathes.

Mathes said it may have also squandered a chance to identify possible suspects.

"There might have been an opportunity to capture them," said Mathes.

Germantown Police only said that an internal review is underway into how the 911 call was handled.  Police are by no means admitting any mistake was made.

For information on Germantown's 911 policy, click here.

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