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Memphis Cop Killing Suspect Surrenders

August 03, 2015  | 

Murder suspect Tremain Wilbourn turned himself in. (Photo: Memphis PD)
Murder suspect Tremain Wilbourn turned himself in. (Photo: Memphis PD)

The emotional manhunt for a paroled bank robber suspected of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer ended Monday evening when the suspect surrendered to the U.S. Marshal's office, local and federal authorities announced.

Tremain Wilbourn, 29, was accompanied by his family when he arrived at the federal building in Memphis, the U.S. attorney's office said shortly after the Shelby, Tenn., sheriff tweeted that he was in custody, reports USA Today.

Wilbourn is accused of killing Officer Sean Bolton, 33, during what started out as a simple traffic stop Saturday night, Armstrong had said. Bolton had stopped to examine a vehicle parked illegally in a South Memphis neighborhood but apparently interrupted a drug deal. Wilbourn was in the passenger seat and, after "some type of physical altercation," he drew a gun and shot Bolton, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said.

Wilbourn had been free on supervised release for a 122-month bank robbery sentence, Armstrong said. Wilbourn now faces a first-degree murder charge. He is due in court Tuesday.

Armstrong said the drug transaction in question amounted to "less than two grams of marijuana," which constituted "a misdemeanor citation and a fine."


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Comments (7)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 8/3/2015 6:23 PM

Being on supervised release meant that he would be going back to prison because of the drug deal misdemeanor or not. But it would probably not have netted him a lot more time. Stupid, stupid, stupid says it all because he took that officer's life. Now hopefully he gets the needle and failing that life without the chance of parole.

The Right Handed Cowboy @ 8/3/2015 7:07 PM

Where is the outrage by anyone for this stinking piece of garbage.. if a "White Oficer" hsd shot and dispatched the black thug there would be hell to pay.. but being that it was black on white crime then the killing is justified....I wonder if current ATTORNEY GENERAL will condemn the killing..

Let me guess and say no one will...I served the public for 28 years and no way would I do it now..never while bho is potus..

Louie Enrique @ 8/4/2015 1:39 AM

Ok let's looks at this colorfully. Was the brave Memphis police officer black or white person? If he was white I don't see the media making a big production and revenue off this tragedy! God bless Officer Bolton. God and heaven loves you. Rest in peace. Prayers and peace to your family.

S.S. @ 8/4/2015 7:32 AM

Glad that m.f. is off the streets. He should never have been freed. Way to go court systems. Hopefully he gets JUSTICE. Does Memphis have the death penalty?

bill @ 8/4/2015 11:02 PM

Time to fire up old Sparky.

Kojack58 @ 8/7/2015 4:16 PM

I say hang him the town square and let people see what happens to people who kill police officers. I bet it would make some of the crooks think about what happens when they get caught.

deputy moose @ 8/21/2015 12:15 PM

Officer Bolton was white, therefore there's nothing see here folks, move along.

God help us.

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