Gunman in camouflage kills cop, wounds two other officers after 'domestic disturbance' at Alabama trailer park
The 29-year-old gunman who was later identified as Grady Wayne Wilkes killed one officer and shot two more officers but they are expected to make a recovery
Authorities in Alabama have captured a gunman whom they say shot and killed a police officer. In addition to this, the gunman ended up wounding around two others at a trailer park in Auburn late on Sunday, May 19.
The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call when the gunman Grady Wayne Wilkes, who was dressed in camouflage body armor and a helmet, opened fire.
According to Fox News, a spokesperson with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency eventually confirmed that Wilkes was arrested. The Auburn Chief of Police Paul Register shared, "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."
29-year-old Wilkes was described as being 6 feet 4 inches and weighing approximately 215 pounds.
Register shared, "We do believe he is dangerous, and obviously in this situation was, to these officers." He further added that two officers had serious injuries but are likely to recover soon. The officer who was tragically killed has not yet been identified.
Register also shared that many law enforcement agencies such as the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Opelika Police Department, state law enforcement and federal law enforcement are helping to locate Wilkes.
A tweet which was shared to one of Auburn University's accounts had issued a warning to students to stay away from the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park which is five miles away from its campus.
An anonymous resident told Opelika-Auburn News, "I heard six shots, rapid-fire like it was an automatic weapon, and then there was a brief pause, maybe a second, and then three more single shots."
The Auburn Police Department had earlier shared, "On May 19, 2019, at about 10:10 pm APD Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence located in the 3000 Block of Wire Road. Once on scene officers were met with gunfire from a white male suspect, later identified as Grady Wayne Wilkes, age 29. The suspect is described as being 6’4”, 215 lbs., with brown hair, hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing shorts. Responding officers were injured by gunfire and were transported to local hospitals. Their conditions are not being released at this time."