The suspect in the Memphis officer shooting case was arrested on Monday and on Tuesday is expected to be arraigned. The man identified as Tremaine Wilbourn (29) turned himself in to the federal marshals.
Toney Armstrong, Memphis police director, said that this is just the first step in a healing process which is going to be very long. He also added that Wilbourn most likely felt that the walls were closing in and considered that it would be in his interest to turn himself in.
Wilbourn showed up with his family. He was charged with first-degree murder. The murdered declared that he is neither a cold-blooded killer nor a coward. Armstrong on the other head mentioned that it is safe to call him a coward.
On Saturday night Wilbourn who is also a convicted bank robber shot 33-year-old officer Sean Bolton. The killer was a passenger in a car that was illegally parked in a southeast Memphis neighborhood. Officer Bolton shined his squad car’s spotlight on the illegally parked car when he saw it. Afterwards he got out of the car and went to check Wilbourn’s Mercedes. When he got out of the car he confronted Bolton and they got into a physical fight. Wilbourn took out his gun and shot Bolton multiple times and afterwards ran away.
According to Armstrong officer Bolton interfered with a drug transaction. Police found a small bag of marijuana and a digital scale inside the vehicle. Armstrong said that taking into account how mundane the stop was all that violence was unnecessary. It was all about two grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor citation. The police would have most likely not even transported for such a matter. That is why Armstrong called the Wilborn a coward. He declared:
You gunned down, you murdered a police officer, for less than 2 grams of marijuana. You literally destroyed a family.”
Talking about officer Bolton’s death Armstrong said that not only they lost an officer, but also a family member, a great man and a dedicated servant to the community. Bolton joined the police department in 2010. He was a former US Marine who served a tour of duty in Iraq. He is the third police officer who has been killed in Memphis in the past four years.
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