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Breaking: Memphis police officer fatally shot during traffic stop

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33-year-old Sean Bolton of Memphis PD was shot and killed Saturday night during a traffic stop.  Credit: Memphis PD
33-year-old Sean Bolton of Memphis PD was shot and killed Saturday night during a traffic stop. Credit: Memphis PD


UPDATE 2:51am EST

On August 1, 2015 at approximately 9:18pm Communications was alerted by a citizen through one of our officer’s radios that an officer had been shot in the area of Perkins and Cottonwood. Once officers arrived on the scene they located a MPD Officer who had been shot during what appeared to be a traffic stop.

The officer, 33-year-old Sean Bolton, was transported in critical condition but was later pronounced deceased due to 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.

If anyone knows anything about this incident or knows who is responsible for this murder they should contact Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

ORIGINAL STORY:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Memphis Saturday night and a manhunt is underway for the suspect, Tennessee police officials said.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said during a news conference that police received a call at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday about an officer being shot. Armstrong said the officer was conducting a traffic stop when he was shot multiple times. The officer died at a hospital.

Armstrong did not identify the officer, pending notification of next of kin.

Armstrong says police have not made an arrest and the suspect is on the run. He said police are using all available resources to find the shooter.

It is the third Memphis officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years. Officer Tim Warren was killed while responding to a shooting at a downtown Memphis hotel in July 2011. In December 2012, Officer Martoiya Lang was killed while serving a warrant.

Armstrong said officers are grieving, adding that “this is just a reminder of how dangerous” the job is.

“Sadly to say, we’ve been here before,” he said.

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. told reporters Saturday that the incident “speaks volumes about the inherent danger of police work.”

“Pray for the family and pray for our city,” he said.

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