The Latest: Memphis mayor: 'Our nation was a community'

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Posted: Aug 03, 2015 8:02 PM
The Latest: Memphis mayor: 'Our nation was a community'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said he got condolences from all over the country in the days after a police officer was gunned down on the side of the road.

He heard from people in Iowa, in Philadelphia, and in the White House.

But the most touching, he said Monday, was from the family of a New Orleans police officer shot dead in June. They wrote him, "we're with you in your loss."

"It was almost like our nation was a community," Wharton said.

Visitation for Officer Sean Bolton, a Marine who served in Iraq, is scheduled for Wednesday evening. His funeral will be Thursday.

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6:30 p.m.

The man accused of killing a Memphis police officer spoke to the department's director after he turned himself in.

"He wanted to make it a point, to say that I want you to know one thing. I asked what was that?" Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Monday. "He said I want you to know that one, I'm not a cold-blooded killer and two, I am not a coward."

Armstrong had used that word to describe Tremaine Wilbourn during the intensive two-day manhunt. Wilbourn is accused of killing officer Sean Bolton when he interrupted a drug deal on the side of the road Saturday night.

Wilbourn turned himself in just after 4:50 p.m. Monday.

"I think he felt the walls closing in and thought it would be in his best interest to turn himself in," Armstrong said.

He was wanted on a first-degree murder warrant.

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5:30 p.m.

The ex-con accused of killing a Memphis police officer has turned himself into federal authorities, ending an intensive two-day manhunt.

Louis Goggans, spokesman for the United States attorney's office in Memphis, said Tremaine Wilbourn turned himself over at the federal building. His family was with him when he arrived.

A warrant was issued Sunday for his arrest on a charge of first-degree murder.

Wilbourn is accused of shooting Officer Sean Bolton Saturday night when the officer interrupted a drug deal.

A news conference is scheduled later this evening.

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5:10 p.m.

After a two-day manhunt for an ex-con accused of gunning down a Memphis Police officer, city officials cited a "material development" in the case and cancelled a news conference to announce an increased reward for his capture.

Memphis city spokeswoman Dewanna Smith said reporters will be advised later about the development.

Officer Sean Bolton was shot Saturday night when he interrupted a drug deal in a Mercedes Benz.

Police have since been looking for a 29-year-old convicted bank robber named Tremaine Wilbourn. Police had been seeking him on a warrant charging him with murder.

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