Slain Memphis Officer Interrupted Small Marijuana Deal


Tremaine Wilbourn, a 29-year-old convicted bank robber, was identified Sunday as the suspect in the slaying of Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton Saturday night, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Police said Wilbourn was on supervised release after a 10-year sentence for bank robbery in 2005. Bolton was gunned down at 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Wilbourn was named in a first-degree murder warrant. A reward of $10,000 was posted.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Bolton saw a red 2002 Mercedes-Benz parked illegally. Bolton pulled in front of the car and turned on his spotlight. As Bolton approached the Mercedes, the passenger got out and a struggle ensued, police said. The passenger opened fire, hitting Bolton multiple times at close range. Armstrong said Bolton apparently interrupted a small marijuana transaction. “You gun down, you murder a police officer, for less than 2 grams of marijuana,” Armstrong said. “You literally destroy a family. Look at the impact this has had on this department, this community, this city, for less than 2 grams of marijuana.”

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