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Man Wanted For Killing Memphis Police Office In Custody

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Posted at 5:37 AM, Aug 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:19:36-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The man accused of shooting and killing a Memphis police officer is now in custody.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office reported 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn turned himself in Monday after a two-day manhunt.

Officials had called a press conference for Monday night to announce an increase in the reward for information leading to his capture.  But it was canceled just minutes before it was to begin.

Wilbourn faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 33-year-old Officer Sean Bolton Saturday night. 

Wilbourn was allegedly a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Bolton saw the car and shined his squad car's spotlight on the vehicle.Bolton then got out of his car and walked toward the Mercedes.

Wilbourn got out of the Mercedes, confronted Bolton, and they got into a physical struggle, officials said. Armstrong said Wilbourn took out a gun and fired it, striking Bolton multiple times.

The officer died at a hospital.

Wilbourn had been placed on the TBI's 'Top Ten Most Wanted' list.

(Copyright 2015 by NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)