Police identify suspect in murder of officer Sean Bolton

Police identify suspect in murder of officer Sean Bolton

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police are searching for 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn following the death of officer Sean Bolton.

Police issued a first-degree murder warrant for his arrest Sunday afternoon.

"When you look at this individual, you're looking at a coward," Police Director Toney Armstrong said as he held up a picture of Wilbourn at a press conference Sunday.

The Memphis City Council is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information about the capture of the suspect.  The U.S. Marshals office is also offering a $10,000 reward. City officials said other agencies may offer a similar reward.

"We will exhaust all means until he is in custody," Director Armstrong said.

Police said Wilbourn was the passenger of a 2002 Mercedes-Benz that Bolton pulled in front of for parking illegally. Wilbourn got into a brief struggle with Bolton after the officer shined lights on the car.

Police said they found less than two grams of marijuana inside the car. MPD said they believe officer Bolton was caught in the middle of a drug transaction.

The suspect and the driver both left the scene following the shooting. MPD said the driver later turned himself in. He was questioned and released.

We spoke with the driver's attorney, Leslie Ballin by phone Sunday evening. Ballin claims his client left the scene. He didn't give us his client's name, referring to us police for that information.

"I'm convinced that my client had nothing to do with the altercation," Ballin said.

"As I have said many times, to lose a loved one or a family member is a horrific event. Last night we lost not only an officer, but a great man, a dedicated servant to our community, and a family member," Police Director Toney Armstrong said .

Police said Wilbourn was out of jail on a 121 month supervised probation sentence for robbing a bank in Covington, Tennessee.
"He's considered to be armed and dangerous," Director Armstrong said.

At a press conference Sunday evening, Memphis police director Toney Armstrong and Mayor A C Wharton urged anyone to come forward with any information in this case.

"This is a city in prayer, and I've heard a lot of hostility everywhere," Mayor A C Wharton said.

There is no word yet on funeral plans for officer Bolton.

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