Ex-Convict Convicted In Fatal Shooting Of Tennessee Officer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-convict was found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges Sunday (Nov. 4) in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee.
A jury in state court convicted Tremaine Wilbourn on Sunday in the August 2015 killing of Officer Sean Bolton. Wilbourn also was found guilty of carjacking and weapons charges, news outlets reported.
Bolton, who was white, was one of four police officers to be fatally shot in Memphis since July 2011. Wilbourn is black.
Police said Bolton interrupted a drug deal in a car Wilbourn occupied in a residential neighborhood. Wilbourn got out of the vehicle, and he and Bolton got into a physical struggle, according to authorities. Wilbourn took out a gun and shot Bolton, police said.
An autopsy report shows Bolton was shot eight times.
Wilbourn already has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on weapons charges. His lawyer said his client did not intend to kill Bolton. In court documents during his federal trial, prosecutors said Wilbourn carjacked a vehicle a few minutes after the shooting, telling the motorist that “he needed the car because he had just shot a police officer.”
Wilbourn led officers on an intense, two-day manhunt before turning himself in to U.S. marshals.
At the time of the shooting, Wilbourn was on federal probation after serving prison time for armed bank robbery.