33-year-old Memphis police officer was shot on Saturday time during a traffic stop. Officer Sean Bolton was shot multiple times by the man who was in the car that he had pulled over. According to Karen Rudolph, a spokeswoman for Memphis police, the attacker is at large.
The incident occurred in the Parkway Village are in Memphis. The police was notified about the shooting by a civilian who used the officer’s radio. The officer was in critical condition and was transported to Regional One, but he later died.
Officer Bolton joined the force in October 2010. His family was not yet identified. Toney Armstrong, Memphis police director, confessed in a news conference:
We’ve been here before. Sad to say, we’ve been here before. This is my third time in the four years I’ve been director. It doesn’t get any easier. This is not only a difficult time for me as a director, but for all the officers behind me and our city as well.”
The Mayor, A. C. Wharton was present at the news conference as well. He declared that they are not making a political statement, but according to him the incident was a proof that there are too many guns on the streets and they are in the hands of the wrong people.
This incident occurred after a series of events across the country in which police have been accused of using excessive force at traffic stops. For example Ray Tensing, former police officer from University of Cincinnati, was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter after he fatally shot Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop. The incident took place on July 19.
The last time a Memphis police officer was killed in the line of duty was in 2012 and it was OCU Officer Martoiya Lang who was killed while serving a warrant. Officer Timothy Warren was killed a year before that at the Doubletree Hotel downtown during a shootout with a suspect. For now it is unclear what led to Bolton’s shooting.
Armstrong pointed out that this is just a reminder of how dangerous this job is. He also drew attention to the fact that people often wonder if black lives matter, but this concern should apply to all lives regardless of race, color, profession, creed and economic status.
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