Alabama Police Officer Killed, Suspect Could Face Death Penalty
William Buechner, a police officer who had been on the city of Auburn's force since April 2006, was recently killed by a man wearing camouflage body armor and a helmet.
It has been reported that the incident took place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 3000 block of Wire Road, in Alabama, during a response regarding a domestic disturbance.
Two other officers, identified as Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott were also wounded by the suspect, a man named Grady Wayne Wilkes. The police will now seek the death penalty for the criminal.
13 YEARS ON THE FORCE
The heartbreaking news of officer Buechner's passing was shared by Auburn Mayor Ron Anders, who also announced the arrest of the 29-year-old culprit.
Police Chief Paul Register described the day they lost the officer as the worst day since he joined the force and that words could not express the loss for his family, the Police and the community.
From the police press conference. Police chief Paul Register discusses details of a police officer being killed in Auburn. pic.twitter.com/yGJHe5PVlT— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) May 20, 2019
HOW IT HAPPENED
The veteran was shot down after Wilkes opened fire at Arrowhead Mobile Home Park. According to a neighbor who refused to be identified, six rapid-fire shots were heard, followed by three single shots.
According to Police Chief Register, the wounded officers received immediate medical care, with one being transported to East Alabama Medical Center and another to Columbus Regional Medical Center.
🚨HEROES WOUNDED Auburn AL K9 Officer Webb Sistrunk & Officer Evan Elliott were wounded as another officer was killed. The suspect is facing the death penalty.— 💙#BackTheBlue🇺🇸 Carrie (@BackTheLEOs) May 20, 2019
Story: https://t.co/OBjQGyjazX#Hero #LawEnforcement #Officer #BackTheBlue #BlueFamilyPrays #PoliceFamily @BlueAlertUs pic.twitter.com/P7kDFEF2vZ
The police will now seek the death penalty for the criminal
The reason behind the attack is yet to be revealed but Wilkes, who was later captured five miles away from the scene of the crime, didn't resist arrest and is currently cooperating with investigators.
**Arrested** Auburn University Alert Center reporting Auburn shooting suspect Grady Wayne Wilkes is in police custody. He's accused of shooting three Auburn police officers who were responding to a domestic call. One officer died, the two others are expected to recover. pic.twitter.com/OnduPiYq3z— Judd Davis (@BamaJD) May 20, 2019
THE OFFICIAL CHARGES
The 29-year-old has been charged with capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of second-degree domestic abuse, and is expected to appear in front of a judge soon.
Brandon Hughes, Lee County District Attorney, said:
"When you shoot a police officer, we’re going to pursue the death penalty. Absolutely.”
CONDOLENCES to Auburn Police Department and family of Officer William Buechner who was shot and killed last night while responding to a domestic disturbance. pic.twitter.com/AdpZRCv57G— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) May 20, 2019
KILLED AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE
Being a police officer is one of the most dangerous jobs out there, and many good men and women have lost their lives on the job. Recently the world lost officer Buechner, but earlier this year officer Natalie Corona also perished at the hands of a criminal.
While responding to a routine traffic collision, the 22-year-old from California was shot by a man named Kevin Limbaugh, who rode up to the accident on a bicycle.
Heartbroken yet again.— Nebraska State Patrol (@NEStatePatrol) January 11, 2019
This is Officer Natalie Corona of Davis Police Department in California. Last night, as Officer Corona was responding to a car crash, she was shot and killed.
Our prayers are with her family, her department @cityofdavispd, and her community. pic.twitter.com/DZ09Rp5Che
The 48-year-old then opened fire over the bystanders before fleeing the scene. Thanks to the backpack he left behind, Police was able to track him down to the house he was hiding him.
After finding himself surrounded by police officers, Limbaugh put on a bulletproof vest, pushed a couch against the door and took his own life. According to a suicide note found, he killed officer Corona because Police kept hitting him with "ultrasonic waves."
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