Gunman In Body Armor, Helmet, Arrested After Murdering Officer

Grady Wayne Wilkes ha been accused of shooting three Auburn police officers, killing Officer William Buechner.

Auburn, AL – Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty against the gunman accused of murdering one Auburn police officer and wounding two others on Sunday night.

“When you shoot a police officer, we’re going to pursue the death penalty,” Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said, according to The Birmingham News. “Absolutely.”

Auburn Police Officer William Buechner was fatally shot by 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a trailer park at approximately 10:40 p.m., police said.

"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, is also accused of shooting Auburn Police Officer Webb Sistrunk and Officer Evan Elliott.

Officer Sistrunk has been with the Auburn Police Department (APD) since 2011, WMC reported. He remains hospitalized in serious condition, but is expected to recover.

Officer Elliot joined the force in 2018, and was treated and released to recover at home.

Additional officers responded to the call, but were uninjured.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Register would not say if the officers returned fire when they came under attack, The Birmingham News reported.

"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."

Details of the original domestic disturbance call have not been released, but the woman involved in the initial report was not injured, according to WFLD.

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.

Wilkes was arrested in the 900-block of Lee Road 9 – approximately one mile away from the scene of the shooting – just before 7:15 a.m. on Monday.

He did not resist arrest, and cooperated with officers once he was taken into custody, Chief Register said.

Police confirmed that Wilkes served in the military, but did not say which branch he served in.

Wilkes has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, capital murder, and second-degree domestic abuse.

"It's a great responsibility to tell you what a sad day this is for our community," Auburn Mayor Rob Anders said. "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."

"Three courageous young men…went to protect us," Anders continued, according to WLS. "We're very sorry that we have lost an officer in the line of duty. To his family, we are here with you. We will not leave you and we will stand beside you to help you get through this."

Officer Buechner was a 13-year veteran of the Auburn Police Department.

“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," Chief Register told reporters shortly after 5 a.m. on Monday.

The chief said that Officer Buechner was “well-liked” and “respected” by his peers, WFLD reported.

“If you do a job for 13 years, I think that in itself says a lot about the dedication of that officers,” he said. “I think it’s just typical of what we have here.”

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McFarlane
McFarlane

Son of a bitchin' ass-wipe probably won't get anywhere close to what he deserves. Not in this day and age.

Chiefruss
Chiefruss

Fortunately the DA is not a liberal so this mutt will not be walking.

Marxest
Marxest

Man he looks like he fell down A LOT after being apprehended by the officers. Those bruises look nice and fresh. Anyway, If he's guilty, he should rot in prison. The killing of a police officer should not automatically warrant the use of the death penalty. The use if the Death Penalty i that fashion sends the message that an officers life matters more and that only capital punishment is meted out to cop killers. Some criminal in his deranged mind might think that only killing cops will get the death penalty and that its open season on everyone else. The death penalty should be meted out equally, even though it never has and probably never will. My prayers to Officer Buechner's family.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

DP is too good for this asshat!!!

vpassenheim
vpassenheim

Fry him. Make it a community lynching and make it EXTREMELY painful and brutal.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

MacNab’s research showed Wilkes posted image of people supposedly making a white supremacist hand signal and another referring to “leftist scum.”

In a 2016 post following reports of then-candidate Donald Trump’s graphic comments about women, Wilkes wrote “Trump makes a comment years ago….triggers every fragile feminist brain in the country…they scream, stomp and swear that they are also victims of some bull**** form of rape that they made up yesterday. Donald Trump, I drink to you my friend.”

Several other posts tout the use of guns, including sharing a meme about shooting people who tried to break into his house.