Latest: FOX13 uncovers crime-ridden past of suspected Memphis cop-killer Tremaine Wilbourn

FOX13 did some digging and found official documents that revealed more about suspected cop-killer Tremaine Wilbourn.

Release orders from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee detailed a lengthy sentence for a bank robbery conviction back in February of this year.

Wilbourn agreed to mental health treatment on July 7th, as directed by the U.S. Probation Office, in connection with this February conviction.

This treatment was after he paid a $2,200 fine.

Wilbourn was sentenced to 121 months in prison.

In March of 2014, according to police records, Wilbourn was arrested on aggravated robbery charges for robbing a woman at gunpoint.

The woman was said to have been sitting in her car when she was approached by Wilbourn during this robbery.

Officials said Wilbourn took cash from her bra, her iPad and a Louis Vuitton purse.

Wilbourn is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information leading to his arrest is being offered a $10,000 reward.

FOX13’s Earle Farrell is live at Central Station and FOX13’s Jerrita Patterson is live at Mt. Moriah precinct throughout the morning with information on Wilbourn’s past, what exactly happened the night Officer Bolton was killed and all the latest details on this developing story.

5:26 a.m.

The manhunt continues for suspected cop-killer Tremaine Wilbourn.

FOX13 is diligent in making sure we cover all angles of this investigation.

6:00 p.m.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, in a news conference just moments ago, identified the suspect who shot and killed Officer Sean Bolton as 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn. There is a large reward offered by the U.S. Marshals service to anyone who provides authorities with information that lead to Wilbourn’s arrest.

5:00 p.m.

Memphis Police Sergeant Karen Rudolph told FOX13 that they will be holding a press conference with the latest details on Officer Bolton’s murder at 6 p.m.

FOX13 will be carrying this press conference live on-air and online.

2:22 p.m.

Memphis Police Sergeant Karen Rudolph has just told FOX13 that investigators are working all possible leads to bring the people or persons responsible for killing Officer Bolton, to justice.

We have not been given any new information on the possible suspect who was arrested, nor any additional details on the investigation.

1:28 p.m.

Memphis Police have not released any new information on the possible suspect they have in custody, or any updates on their investigation.

We will have continuous team coverage tonight on FOX13’s News at 5 p.m. and again on FOX13’s News at 9 p.m.

FOX13’s Jeremy Pierre and Sarah Bleau will be working sources to bring you the latest details.

11:54 a.m.

Memphis Police Sergeant Karen Rudolph just told FOX13 that one possible suspect has been taken into custody for killing Officer Sean Bolton.

Officers have not released the name of this possible suspect,.

No word if they are looking for any other possible suspects involved.

We have just learned from MPD that one of the businesses near the crime-scene has turned over their surveillance video to investigators.

11:40 a.m.

FOX13’s Jerrita Patterson is on a scene with heavy police presence just three-miles from where Officer Bolton was shot and killed.

This is at the Hickory Pointe Apartments near Mt. Moriah Road and Hickory Hill Ext.

Investigators have not said why they are there or what is going on.

We will be live with the latest information on the investigation into Officer Bolton’s murder on FOX13 News 5 p.m.

11:12 a.m.

Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. issued the following statement on the passing of Officer Sean Bolton:

We give thanks for the service of Officer Sean Bolton.  His tragic death reminds us of the unselfish dedication of those who patrol our streets to keep us safe. We pay tribute to him and ask God’s comfort for his family and coworkers with the Memphis Police Department.”

9:00 a.m.

FOX13 continues to aggressively monitor any and all information coming into our newsroom pertaining to Officer Bolton’s murder.

Stay with us as this investigation continues to develop, both online and on-air.

7:51 a.m.

FOX13’s Marius Payton has been live throughout the morning at the location where Officer Bolton was shot and killed.

7:40 a.m.

The gunman who killed Officer Bolton is on the run this morning, but police have not yet released a description.

6:36 a.m.

As we continue to send prayers to Officer Bolton’s family and police family,we have learned that the initial call which alerted police to the scene was made by a citizen through an officer’s radio.

This citizen noticed Officer Bolton down and sprung into action.

We do not have any information on this person at this time.

6:00 a.m.

Sean Bolton is the third Memphis Police officer killed in the line of duty under Director Toney Armstrong’s watch as head of the Memphis Police Department.

The last time a Memphis officer was killed in the line of duty was in 2012.

OCU Officer Martoiya Lang was killed while serving a warrant.

A year before that, Officer Timothy Warren was killed in a shootout with a suspect at the Doubletree Hotel downtown.

5:27 a.m.

Our prayers are with Officer Bolton’s family and his police family this morning as they try to deal with this tragedy.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • 33-year old Officer Sean Bolton stopped a car at Cottonwood and Perkins, where he was shot. This is in the Parkway Village area.
  • Officer Bolton was conducting the traffic stop when he was shot by someone inside the vehicle stopped.
  • At 9:18 p.m., Memphis Police were notified of the shooting by a citizen at the crime-scene who had used an officer’s radio.
  • Once officers arrived on the scene, they located a MPD Officer who had been shot.
  • Officer Bolton was transported to Regional One in critical condition but was later pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
  • The suspect responsible is still at large and officers are in the area attempting to locate him.
  • Officer Bolton was hired by the Memphis Police Department in October of 2010.

At 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, FOX13 broke into programming to take viewers live to a press conference at Regional One where Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong talked to media, announcing the officer had died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Mayor A.C. Wharton also spoke, asking for prayers for the fallen officer, and our city.
2:01 a.m.

UPDATE: Memphis Police have officially identified the officer killed as 33-year-old Sean Bolton.

The suspect in this shooting remains on the run.

(Earlier Post)

A Memphis police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop in the Parkway Village area of Memphis.

Police tell FOX13, a call came in just before 9:20 pm requesting additional officers to the area of Cottonwood and Perkins.

Police say the officer was conducting a traffic stop when he was shot by the occupant of the vehicle in that traffic stop. (It should be noted, Officer Bolton noticed a car parked illegally which caused him to stop.  It was a drug deal he interrupted.  2 grams of marijuana was found in the vehicle.)

The officer was taken to Regional One and later died.

Police have not released a description of the suspect who is still on the loose.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong held a news conference where he told the media the officer’s family had not been identified. So FOX13 is withholding the officer’s name until the family has been notified.

Director Armstrong got emotional when he talked about officers being killed in the line of duty.

“We’ve been here before. Sad to say, we’ve been here before. This is my third time in the four years I’ve been director. It doesn’t get any easier. This is not only a difficult time for me as a director, but for all the officers behind me and our city as well,” said Armstrong.

Mayor A C Wharton was also at Saturday night’s news conference. He was asked about the number of guns on the streets of Memphis.

“We won’t make any political statements here. But once again, this is evidence that there are so many guns on the streets in the wrong hands.”


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