Ex-Con Accused of Killing Police Officer Turns Self In

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — An ex-con accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal turned himself in Monday, ending an intensive two-day manhunt, a spokesman for a U.S. attorney said.

Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, was with his family when he turned himself in at a federal building in Memphis, said Louis Goggans, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

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Wilbourn was a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood on Saturday night, police said. Officer Sean Bolton approached the car and Wilbourn got out, confronted Bolton, and they got into a physical struggle, police said.

Wilbourn took out a gun and fired, striking Bolton multiple times. The officer died at a hospital.

Wilbourn and the driver of the Mercedes ran away, and a civilian used Bolton's radio to notify police about the shooting.

The driver later turned himself in to police, and was released without charges. Police sought Wilbourn on a first-degree murder warrant.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Bolton interrupted a drug deal, and officers found about 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car.

Wilbourn was on probation for an armed bank robbery.


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