Manhunt Intensifies for Suspected Cop Killer
An intense manhunt for a man suspected of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer carried over into Monday afternoon and law enforcement officials mourned the violent death of an officer for the third time in four years.
Tremain Wilbourn, 29, is accused of killing Officer Sean Bolton, 33, during a routine traffic stop Saturday night.
According to Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, Bolton had stopped to examine an illegally parked vehicle in South Memphis, but apparently interrupted a drug deal, USA Today reports.
Wilbourn, who was in the passenger seat, drew a gun and shot Bolton after “some type of physical altercation,” Armstrong said.
He is now facing a first-degree murder charge. Armstrong said the drug transaction amounted to less than two grams of marijuana, a violation that constitutes a misdemeanor citation and a fine.
“I think it’s safe to say that when you look at this individual, you’re looking at a coward. He’s a coward,” Armstrong said, holding up a photo of Wilbourn. “You gun down, you murder a police officer for less than two grams of marijuana. You’ve literally destroyed a family. Look at the impact that that’s had on this department, this community, this city, for less than two grams of marijuana.”
A $10,000 reward for information leading to Wilbourn’s arrest has been offered by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
Officer Bolton was shot multiple times.
The driver of the vehicle turned himself in to police on Sunday. He was released without being charged.
“This is my third time in four years, and it doesn’t get any easier,” Armstrong said.