Billboards, $10k reward seek location of accused officer murdere - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Billboards, $10k reward seek location of accused officer murderer

Billboard seeking information on Tremaine Wilbourn (Source: WMC Action News 5) Billboard seeking information on Tremaine Wilbourn (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Billboards are going up around Memphis in an effort to bring the man accused of shooting and killing a Memphis officer to justice.

The billboards feature a picture of Tremaine Wilbourn. He's the man police said got out of a car during a traffic stop and opened fire on officer Sean Bolton.

Bolton was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had been with the Memphis Police Department since October 2010.

"People are just praying and asking for peace and comfort to the Bolton family and to all of those who have suffered the loss of a brother," Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said.

Bolton was checking on a car illegally parked near Cottonwood and Perkins roads Saturday night.

Police said they believe the occupants in the car were in the middle of a drug deal when officer Bolton arrived.

Police said the passenger in the car, Tremaine Wilbourn, got out and opened fire on officer Bolton. Both Wilbourn and the driver then took off leaving Bolton injured.

Neighbors then ran to the officer to help. One neighbor took Bolton's radio and called for help.

Bolton died in the hospital from his injuries.

The driver of the car later turned himself in to police. He was questioned and released.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of Tremaine Wilbourn. Memphis city councilman Myron Lowery said the council will consider adding $10,000 more dollars to the reward fund.

Wilbourn is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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