Grave Of Murdered Auburn Officer Vandalized

Sandy Malone

Vandals tore up flowers and removed flags that were posted at the grave of Auburn Police Officer William Buechner.

Auburn, AL – Vandals struck at the grave of a recently fallen Auburn Police Department officer on Monday.

WRBL reported the gravesite of Auburn Police Officer William Buechner at Town Creek Cemetery had been tampered with on Jan. 6.

Officer Buechner was murdered at about 10:40 p.m. on May 20, 2019 when he responded to domestic disturbance call at a trailer park in the 3000-block of Wire Road, The Birmingham News reported.

"Once on scene, officers were met with gunfire from a white male suspect, later identified as Grady Wayne Wilkes, age 29,” the Auburn Police Department (APD) said in a press release.

Wilkes, who was allegedly wearing body armor and a helmet during the fatal encounter, shot three officers during the attack.

Thirty-seven-year-old Officer Buechner, a 13-year veteran-of-the-force, was airlifted to East Alabama Medical Center, the Daily Mail reported.

He succumbed to his wounds in the emergency room.

Wilkes also shot and wounded Auburn Police Officers Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott, police said.

"It was a simple domestic disturbance," Chief Register said, according to USA Today. "You always hear that they are one of the most dangerous kinds of calls officers go to, and it played out to that effect tonight."

Wilkes fled the scene after he shot the officers but was apprehended later the same day after multiple law enforcement agencies engaged in an exhaustive manhunt.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey called the attack on the Auburn officers “tragic and so useless,” the Associated Press reported.

“I’m just heartbroken,” she said.

"It's a great responsibility to tell you what a sad day this is for our community," Auburn Mayor Rob Anders said, according to The Birmingham News. "On behalf of our elected officials and our entire community, we're very sorry that we have lost an officer in the line of duty."

Legislation that would make the murder of a first responder a capital offense is now pending in the Alabama State House and has been named after Officer Buechner, WRBL reported.

Officer Buechner’s funeral was held in the Auburn University Arena on May 24, 2019 and then he was buried in a private service at the Town Creek Cemetery, according to WFSA.

The fallen hero’s grave marker has not yet been installed so a Thin Blue Line flag was set up in place of a headstone and American flags surrounded the discolored area on the grass where the casket was buried, WRBL reported.

On Monday, it was discovered that the grave had been vandalized.

The flags had been torn out of the ground and some of the flowers at the gravesite had been torn up and tossed around, WRBL reported.

It wasn’t yet known if a police report had been filed about the tampering.

Comments (33)
flybynight
flybynight

Please tell me they have security cameras!!! This is outrageous behavior.

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JBoH
JBoH

just when you think that lowlifes can't get any lower...something like this happens.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

That's disgusting. They better start flipping that trailer park over to find the culprits.

Or ask @flybynight

lolamae
lolamae

I really wish cemeteries had Surveillance cameras as this happens more often than we know about. People wonder why I prefer the company of my pets over the human race...it is devolving.

Marxest
Marxest

Vandalizing someones grave? That is truly disgusting behavior, but this is America, and we aren't surprised, right?

DR226
DR226

Domestic incidences are far from "simple". Hope these bums are caught.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

There is no timetable for when Wilkes’ case will be presented to a grand jury.

He is facing the death penalty if convicted.

Wilkes was arrested May 20 and is charged with capital murder of a law enforcement officer, three counts of attempted murder and second-degree domestic violence (strangulation/suffocation).

Wilkes was denied bond by Judge Christopher Hughes in May. He remains at the Lee County Jail.

Wilkes is represented by William Whatley, who filed for Juliana Taylor to be co-counsel for Wilkes on June 30, according to court documents.

There has been nothing filed in Wilkes’ case since July.

Wish505
Wish505

Where was burgersallday when this was going down?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Police haters everywhere. So sad!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

You know as each day goes by it confirms to me that people have “0” respect for themselves as well as others. Furthermore the hate toward the very ones that protect us is beyond what I thought I would ever see in my lifetime. The hate that started about 11 years ago and continues to grow more and more every day. The men and women behind the badge are humans too. They have families, bills and problems just like any other person walking around. I tell people all the time what if that was your mom, dad or brother or sister and especially your son or daughter? How would you feel if someone did this to there grave? I hope they catch the people involved and I hope they make an example out of them!!

rvigneault
rvigneault

this is sick!!


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