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Toney C. Armstrong

Toney C. Armstrong is the most famous homicide investigator in Memphis history.

Armstrong grew up in a working-class section of North Memphis. As a young cop, he protected and served the familiar faces from his old neighborhood—but he also had to lock up many of them. After serving with distinction in patrol, undercover narcotics, and organized crime, Armstrong became the head of the Homicide Unit.  He and his team were featured on A&E’s popular series The First 48 as they worked over 400 murders. They cracked some of the city’s most notorious murders, including the Lester Street case, where six people, including two children, were murdered in a house. With the case hanging on the balance, Armstrong himself extracted a confession from the stone-cold killer.

As one of the stars of The First 48, Armstrong swiftly rose through department’s ranks and at the age of 44 became the youngest Police Director in Memphis PD’s history.  He stayed true to his humble roots as the city’s top cop, earning the trust and respect of everyone--even the city’s most hardened gangsters. To many in the city Armstrong became their unofficial mayor.

After 27 years of service, Armstrong retired in 2016 to become the Director of Security for the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Hospital System in Memphis. When away from work, Toney spends time with his wife Michelle and builds lego sets with their seven-year-old daughter, Zoey.

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Friday, May 4
 

4:45pm CDT