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Memphis Police Officer Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop; Suspect on the Run (UPDATE: Officer Identified)


The call came in from a citizen who used a police radio.

UPDATE 7:28 a.m.: A local news report with the latest information:

FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

UPDATE 7:05 a.m.: (TheBlaze/AP) — In a statement Sunday morning, Memphis Police identified the slain officer as 33-year-old Sean Bolton.

On August 1, 2015 at approximately 9:18pm Communications was alerted by a citizen through one of our officer's radios...

Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bolton 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.

Original story below

A suspect who fatally shot a Memphis, Tennessee, police officer during an apparent traffic stop is still on the loose, police director Toney Armstrong said Saturday night.

Armstrong said the officer — who hasn't been named yet — was shot multiple times by the person in the stopped vehicle, taken to a hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.

The 9:18 p.m. call came in from a citizen who used a police radio, Armstrong said, according to WMC-TV.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton remarked that there are "so many guns on our streets in the wrong hands, that's the key," adding that criminals have "no rules of engagement."

Police haven't released a description of the gunman.

WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

This is breaking news; updates will be added.

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