The Latest: Memorial held for slain officer

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Posted: Aug 05, 2015 7:51 PM
The Latest: Memorial held for slain officer

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

7:45 p.m.

Friends and family of slain Memphis police officer Sean Bolton are gathering at a church for a memorial service to honor the former Marine.

The memorial and visitation Wednesday evening will be followed by a funeral service and burial on Thursday for the 33-year-old Bolton. Police say he was fatally shot during a struggle while interrupting what police are calling a drug deal in progress on Saturday night.

Twenty-nine year-old Tremaine Wilbourn is being held on $10 million bond on a first-degree murder charge in the officer's death. He turned himself in to authorities on Monday, ending a two-day manhunt.

A so-called "Sea of Blue" procession of police officers will ride through parts of the city, including the shooting scene, after the memorial.

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1:45 p.m.

The sister of an ex-convict charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer says her brother was just trying to defend himself because the officer was manhandling him and being too aggressive.

Callie Watkins said Wednesday that her brother, 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, told her in a phone call before his arrest that he was forcibly pulled out of a car by Officer Sean Bolton on Saturday night. Police have said that Bolton approached the vehicle on foot after pulling up in his squad car and that it was parked illegally during a drug deal.

Watkins says her brother described Bolton putting him in a hold and telling him to put his arms up. But, she says, Wilbourn told the officer that he couldn't because his arms were restrained. She says that's when the scuffle escalated.

Police say Wilbourn took out a gun and shot Bolton multiple times.

Watkins described the situation as "kill or be killed."

Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said that she did not want to "entertain that comment" and that the evidence in the case will speak for itself.

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10 a.m.

A man charged with fatally shooting a Memphis police officer during a struggle on a residential street has completed a brief court appearance.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn appeared via video link from jail Wednesday morning. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Officer Sean Bolton.

In the Shelby County General Sessions courtroom, Judge L. Lambert Ryan asked Wilbourn whether he had a lawyer. Wilbourn answered that he did not.

Ryan also asked whether Wilbourn has a weapons permit, and he again said no.

Ryan scheduled his next hearing for Aug. 12.

Court records initially showed that Wilbourn was being held on a $9 million bond, but Ryan said in court that the amount is $10 million.