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Brief hearing for man accused in death of US police officer

August 5, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — An ex-convict accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal on a Memphis street appeared briefly in court via video link from jail on Wednesday, but he did not enter a plea on the charge of first-degree murder.

Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, told the judge he did not have a lawyer and doesn’t currently hold a weapons permit. Ryan scheduled his next hearing for Aug. 12. Wilbourn is being held on a $10 million bond.

Police say Wilbourn turned himself in to authorities Monday, ending a two-day manhunt after the death of Officer Sean Bolton, 33, on Saturday night.

Bolton was white. Wilbourn, who also goes by the name Tremaine Martin, is black.

Police say Wilbourn was a passenger in a car that was parked illegally. Bolton shined his squad car’s light on the car and approached on foot. Wilbourn got out, confronted Bolton, and they got into a physical struggle, according to police.

Wilbourn took out a gun and fired, striking Bolton multiple times, police said.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Bolton had interrupted a drug deal, and officers found about 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car.

Wilbourn was on probation for an armed bank robbery.

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