Memphis Police officer shot, killed during traffic stop

Neighbors react to officer's death
Published: Aug. 2, 2015 at 1:40 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2015 at 7:35 PM CDT
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(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis Police officer was killed after being shot during a traffic stop. It happened near Cottonwood and Perkins Roads Saturday night.

The police officer has been identified as 33-year-old Sean Bolton. He was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and later passed away. Officer Bolton was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was hired by the Memphis Police Department in October 2010.

Memphis Police said Officer Bolton was conducting a traffic stop when someone inside the vehicle shot him. Police were notified of the shooting by a citizen, who used Officer Bolton's radio.

The suspect is still at large. MPD is still actively searching for the shooter.

"This is a very difficult time, not only for me as director, but also for all the officers standing behind me and the city as a whole," director Toney Armstrong.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell also issued a statement. "His tragic death reminds us of the unselfish dedication of those who patrol our streets to keep us safe. We pay tribute to him and ask God's comfort for his family and coworkers with the Memphis Police Department."

WMC Action News 5 sends our thoughts and prayers to Officer Bolton's family and the MPD.

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