Tremaine Wilbourn, the man accused of killing a Memphis police officer turned himself in to federal marshals just after 4:50 p.m. Monday, with the company of his family and lawyer. Wilburn turning himself in ends the manhunt that dragged on for two days, despite a warrant for his arrest on a charge of first-degree murder and a growing reward for his capture.
He also had a few words for the department’s director when he turned himself in. Wilburn told the director:
“I want you to know that one, I’m not a cold-blooded killer,” Tremaine Wilbourn told the director, who said he spoke briefly with the suspect. “And two, I am not a coward.”
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong called Wilbourn a coward after the suspect was accused of killing officer Sean Bolton when he interrupted a drug deal on Saturday night. Shelby County court records posted online show Wilbourn has been officially charged in the death of Officer Bolton and was being held on $9 million bond.
Police said Wilbourn was a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood Saturday night. Officer Bolton approached the car and Wilbourn got out, confronted Bolton, and they began to have a physical altercation.
At that point Wilbourn supposedly took out a gun and fired, hitting Bolton multiple times. The officer later died at a hospital.
Wilbourn and the driver of the Mercedes fled the scene, while a neighbor used Bolton’s radio to notify police about the shooting. According to Director Armstrong officers found about 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car.
However, the driver turned himself in to police later, and was released without charges. Wilbourn was previously on probation for an armed bank robbery.
He was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison and was released on probation in July 2014. 33 year old Bolton, is a white male, and a former Marine who served in Iraq.
Bolton makes the third Memphis officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years.
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