UPDATE: On Monday night Tremaine Wilbourn was taken into custody for the shooting death of Officer Sean Bolton in Memphis.
Wilbourn was on “supervisory release” (for a 121 month sentence) for a bank robbery according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Last night Tremaine’s supporters attacked reporters and chanted “Free T!” outside his grandmother’s apartment.
According to WLBT, Wilbourn turned himself into U.S. Marshals at the federal building in Memphis just before 5 p.m., at the same time that a large SWAT team presence began to form in South Memphis near the apartment complex where Wilbourn’s grandmother lives.
People near the scene were chanting, “Free T,” frustrated by the arrest. They even directed some violence towards WMC Action News 5 crews, threatening them. The situation eventually calmed down. Via: Gateway Pundit
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Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, left, listens as Mayor A C Wharton, right, holds a news conference on Saturday at Regional Medical Center after Bolton was shot and killed. Armstrong said Wilbourn is a coward.
A suspect has been identified in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer and an intense search for the man is underway, according to Tennessee police officials.
Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Officer Sean Bolton, 33, on Saturday night, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said at a news conference.
Armstrong said Wilbourn was a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood on Saturday night.
Armstrong said Bolton saw the car and shined his squad car’s spotlight on the vehicle.
Bolton then got out of his car and walked toward the Mercedes, Armstrong said.
Wilbourn got out of the Mercedes, confronted Bolton, and they got into a physical struggle, according to Armstrong.
The suspect then took out a gun and fired it, striking Bolton multiple times, Armstrong said.
Wilbourn and the driver then ran away, Armstrong said. The driver later turned himself in to police, and police described him as a person of interest in the case before he was released without being charged.
Armstrong said Bolton interrupted a drug deal in progress. Officers found about 1.7 grams of marijuana inside the car, which likely would have just resulted in a misdemeanor citation and a fine for Wilbourn, according to Armstrong.
‘He’s a coward,’ Armstrong said of Wilbourn. ‘You gunned down, you murdered a police officer, for less than two grams of marijuana. You literally destroyed a family.’
Armstrong says the U.S. Marshal’s office has offered to help in the search of Wilbourn, whom he says is armed and dangerous.
He said Wilbourn is on supervised release after serving a federal sentence for robbery of a banking institution.
An armored truck and a mobile command center were among the police vehicles there.
Officers could be seen going in and out of a sliding door and onto a balcony on the second floor of the two-story building.
Bolton is the third Memphis officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years.
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. said Bolton’s death ‘speaks volumes about the inherent danger of police work’ and asked others to ‘pray for the family and pray for our city.’
Via: Daily Mail