Bolton confronted the two men inside the car, who were involved in a drug deal, police said. Wilbourn, the passenger, and Bolton got into a physical struggle before Wilbourn pulled out a handgun and shot the officer multiple times, police said. Bolton had been with the Memphis Police Department for five years.
He turned himself in Monday evening at the federal building in Memphis, accompanied by family members, the Associated Press reported. A $20,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his arrest.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Armstrong called Wilbourn a coward for having “gunned down” a police officer over such a small amount of marijuana.
Armstrong added Monday that Wilbourn’s arrest was only the first step in what would be a long healing process for the department and the community.
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