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Published On: Tue, Aug 4th, 2015

Tremaine Wilbourn captured for shooting death of Tennessee officer Sean Bolton

The man accused of killing a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, has surrendered to federal marshals, the city’s police chief said.

“This is just the first step in a very long healing process,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told reporters Monday.

Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, was questioned by homicide investigators on Monday evening, Armstrong said, set to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Officer Sean Bolton pulled off the road over the weekend to investigate an illegally parked car. As he appoached, Wilbourn confronted Bolton and a struggle resulted in the officer being shot multiple times. Wilbourn drove away, leaving the man to die in the street.

“Officer Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction,” Armstrong said. “A digital scale and a small baggie of marijuana … were located inside of the vehicle.”

Police warned that Wilbourn was armed and dangerous, working around the clock to track him down, the police chief said.

Tremaine Wilbourn

Tremaine Wilbourn

“I think he felt the walls closing in,” Armstrong said. “I think he thought that it would probably be in his best interest just to turn himself in.”

“Officer Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction,” Armstrong said. “A digital scale and a small baggie of marijuana … were located inside of the vehicle…We’re talking about less than 2 grams of marijuana. You’re talking about a misdemeanor citation,” he said. “We probably would not have even transported for that.””

Critics are asking why he on the streets in the first place after being given a supervised release for a 121-month sentence for robbery.

“If he’s in jail Saturday night, then we’re not here today talking about the death of a police officer,” he said.

Nearby residents heard the gunshots late Saturday night and used Bolton’s radio to call for help. Emergency crews took him to a hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.

Armstrong described the suspect as a “coward.”

“You gunned down, you murdered a police officer, for less than 2 grams of marijuana,” he said. “You literally destroyed a family.”

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