Auburn, AL-Officials say they intend to pursue the death penalty for the 29-year-old man accused of shooting and killing an Alabama police officer and wounding two others late last night.
Grady Wayne Wilkes, who was arrested earlier this morning, is accused of murdering Auburn police officer, William Buchner, when he opened fire on a group of officers at a trailer park.
“When you shoot a police officer, we’re going to pursue the death penalty,” Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said.
The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call when Wilkes, who was wearing camouflage body armor and a helmet, opened fire.
Officials have not disclosed a possible motive in the incident. When police caught up to Wilkes later with the help of a tip, he reportedly did not resist arrest and is now cooperating with investigators.
Police Chief Paul Register said Buechner had been with the department for 13 years. He identified the officers who were wounded as canine officer Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott. Sistrunk is being treated at a hospital in Columbus, Georgia, while Elliott was treated and 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," Register said early Monday.
Wilkes is now charged with capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and an account of second-degree domestic abuse. He's expected to face a judge in the coming days.