Manhunt Underway for Memphis Cop Killer

Sean Bolton fatally shot last night during traffic stop
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2015 10:33 AM CDT
Manhunt Underway for Memphis Cop Killer
Officer Sean Bolton, 33, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn.   (Memphis Police Department via AP)

A manhunt continued today following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed last night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police said. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said during a news conference that police were alerted about 9:18pm yesterday that an officer had been shot multiple times. Armstrong said the officer was transported in critical condition to a hospital, where he died. In a statement this morning, Memphis Police identified the slain officer as Sean Bolton, 33. Police said that a civilian used Bolton's radio to notify police about the shooting. Armstrong said 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.

Bolton was shot near one of the main arteries in southeast Memphis, an area that includes homes, apartments and businesses. Police are looking for potential witnesses and are asking for members of the public who have information about the suspect to come forward. No suspects have been publicly identified. "This is just a reminder of how dangerous" the job is, Armstrong said. "Sadly to say, we've been here before. It doesn’t get any easier," he added, per MSNBC. "This is a very difficult time ... and a difficult time for our city as well." Bolton is the third Memphis officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years. Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. said Bolton's death "speaks volumes about the inherent danger of police work" and asked others to "pray for the family and pray for our city." (More Memphis stories.)

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