When are the riots going to start for this officer’s death?
A “coward” who was in the midst of a small-time drug deal is the prime suspect in the killing of a Memphis police officer, the city’s top cop said.
Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, was a passenger in a parked 2002 Mercedes Benz on Saturday night when he opened fire on Officer Sean Bolton, fatally wounding the Iraq war veteran and family man, authorities said.
“When you look at this individual, you’re looking at a coward,” Memphis Director of Police Services Toney Armstrong said as he held up a picture of Wilbourn. “He’s a coward. You gun down, you murder a police officer for literally less than 2 grams of marijuana.”
Bolton spotted the Mercedes parked illegally shortly after 9 p.m. and pulled over to investigate, apparently interrupting a drug deal, Armstrong said during a news conference. A brief struggle followed, and Wilbourn unloaded on the 33-year-old officer, hitting him multiple times.
Wilbourn, who was on supervised release following a bank robbery conviction, and the driver both ran off, leaving the wounded officer near death on the side of the road. A good Samaritan took Bolton’s radio and called for help.
Read more: NY Daily News
@ahs6482 @memphisnews @Manitobagal I was just telling my husband the same thing..
— B. Singh (@godssunflowr73) August 3, 2015
@memphisnews @ChuckInMemphis Where's the Media frenzy⁉️And where's Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson⁉️No appologys⁉️
— Kathryn Febbraro (@KathrynFebbrar1) August 3, 2015
@woodardralph31 @BlueAlertUs @SMolloyDVM Good question I bet they will stay silent this time
— Trinity West (@xertx3) August 3, 2015