Reports say Bolton, 33, was shot multiple times when he interrupted a drug deal. He later died in a hospital.
Tremaine Wilbourn, who is accused of shooting and killing Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton, was indicted on federal charges of armed carjacking and felony possession of ammunition, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Bolton pulled over a car Wilbourn, 30, was a passenger in Aug. 1. Bolton tried to detain Wilbourn, but Wilbourn pulled out a gun and shot Bolton multiple times, according to multiple reports.Scource ►
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The officer had seen a car that was illegally parked and pulled in front of it, illuminating the vehicle with his spotlight. Bolton then approached the car and was confronted by a passenger.
A struggle ensued, ending when the passenger shot Bolton multiple times. Both the driver and the suspect fled.
"It was found that Officer Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction. A digital scale and a small baggie of marijuana ... were located inside of the vehicle," Armstrong said.
The vehicle's driver later turned himself into police and was released without charge.
Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Wilbourn, who is out on supervised release for a 121-month sentence for robbery, according to Armstrong.
He said this is the third time a Memphis police officer has been killed in the past four years.
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