A Memphis police officer, Sean Bolton, was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop earlier today, as the Inquisitr has previously reported. Now, a breaking report from ABC news indicates that police have identified and are hunting a suspect in officer Sean Bolton’s killing and have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Police have identified 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn as the suspect in the traffic stop shooting and have issued a warrant for his arrest. Wilbourn is a previously convicted bank robber and had been free on supervised release by the U.S. Western District Court, on a 122-month sentence. If arrested, he will be charged with first-degree murder.
Police report that Officer Bolton’s traffic stop interrupted a drug deal, and following “some type of physical altercation,” he was shot and killed by a passenger in the car. Police director Tony Armstrong told reporters that the drug deal amounted to “less than two grams of marijuana” and would have resulted in no more than “a misdemeanor and a fine.”
As USA Today reports, Director Armstrong had some pointed remarks for the press, holding a photo of Wilbourn up in demonstration.
“I think it’s safe to say that when you look at this individual, you’re looking at a coward. He’s a coward. You gun down, you murder a police officer for less than two grams of marijuana. You’ve literally destroyed a family. Look at the impact that that’s had on this department, this community, this city, for less than two grams of marijuana.”
Tremaine Wilbourn is considered armed and dangerous as per the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
The Inquisitr will continue to monitor news of the Memphis traffic stop shooting of officer Sean Bolton and update as details become available. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tremaine Wilbourn is requested to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
[Image courtesy of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office]