1 Auburn Officer Murdered And 2 More Wounded
Auburn, AL – One Auburn police officer was fatally shot and two more were wounded while responding to a domestic disturbance late Sunday night.
Police said the alleged gunman, 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes, was last seen at the trailer park in the 3000-Block of Wire Road at approximately 11:30 p.m., according to OAN.
He is described as being 6 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs approximately 215 pounds, and was wearing body armor, a helmet, and camo clothing, NBC News reported.
Wilkes is believed to be armed and dangerous and should be considered “a serious risk to the public,” the State of Alabama said in a blue alert.
UPDATE: The suspect is now in custody.
A blue alert is issued when a law enforcement officer is wounded or killed and the suspect is still at large so that the public can help locate the accused killer.
The fatal altercation began at approximately 10:10 p.m., when Auburn police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at the trailer park, OAN reported.
"Once on scene officers were met with gun fire from a white male suspect, later identified as Grady Wayne Wilkes, age 29,” the Auburn Police Department (APD) said in a press release.
It is unclear whether or not officers were able to return fire, The Birmingham News reported.
Three officers were rushed to local hospitals after being struck by gunfire during the attack, and at least one of whom was airlifted.
One officer later died in the emergency room, according to NBC News.
The other two wounded officer are expected to recover.
The identities of the three officers have not been released.
“This is probably the worst day of my time here and words cannot express the loss for this family, and our family, and this community," Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said during a press conference shortly after 5 a.m. on Monday.
The suspect is “armed and definitely considered dangerous,” and police will do “whatever it takes” to apprehend him, Chief Register said at the time.
He said that multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies joined the search for Wilkes, who was not known to the police department prior to the shooting, OAN reported.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation will lead the investigation, according to The Birmingham News.