Memphis apartment complex hit with nuisance order after 1.6K calls to law enforcement

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 1:18 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis apartment complex, Peppertree apartments were hit with a nuisance order after more than 1,600 calls were made to law enforcement within a year and a half.

The Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich joined by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and police chief C.J. Davis held a news conference Tuesday discussing the events leading up to Peppertree’s public nuisance petition.

Over the span of 20 months from March 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021, police responded to 1,649 calls at the location. Weirich says one resident describes the complex as a war zone.

The calls included reports of:

  • 120 shootings
  • 216 guns
  • 40 fights
  • 20 large gathering
  • 8 drugs
  • 8 gambling
  • 6 robberies
  • 2 murders
  • 53 aggravated assaults
  • 25 weapons offenses
  • Arson damaging 10 units in September

In light of the nuisance order, tenants will not be able to resign their leases and the complex is not allowed to take in any new tenants.

Weirich says none of the tenants are being evicted.

The Memphis Housing Authority will take action in helping tenants find new affordable homes, according to Strickland.

The next court date regarding this case will be Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. in Environmental Court.

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