MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A manhunt is underway for a man who police say fatally shot a Memphis officer after he interrupted a drug deal involving a small amount of marijuana that would have resulted in just a misdemeanor citation and a fine.
Twenty-nine-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 33-year-old Officer Sean Bolton.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says Wilbourn was a passesnger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood Saturday night. He says Bolton saw the car and shined his squad car’s spotlight on the vehicle.
The director says the officer and Wilbourn got into a physical struggle, and Wilbourn took out a gun, striking Bolton multiple times. The officer died at a hospital.
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Tremaine Wilbourn of Memphis.
Wilbourn is wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis Police Department on the charge of Homicide for killing a Memphis Police Officer on August 2nd. He was last seen wearing a blue jersey, black pants and black shoes.
Tremaine Wilbourn, who also goes by the names Tremaine Martin and “T-Streetz”, is an African American male with black hair and brown eyes.
He’s 6 feet 2 and weighs 222 pounds. He has a tattoo on his right arm. Wilbourn was last seen in a 2002 silver Honda Accord with dark-tinted windows, 17-inch chrome rims, a sunroof and a black spoiler on the trunk. The Tennessee tag is U27 19K. Wilbourn should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tremain Wilbourn is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.