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Officer killed and two wounded, manhunt underway


Alabama Blue Alert from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for suspect Grady Wayne Wilkes (Photo: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)A massive manhunt was underway Monday in Alabama for a man accused of shooting three police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call in the college town of Auburn.Local residents were warned to shelter in place as the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a “Blue Alert” for Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29. Blue Alerts are generally activated when an officer has been shot.The 6-foot-4, 215-pound suspect was last seen on foot not far from Auburn University wearing shorts and possibly body armor, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said.”This is probably the worst day in all my time here,” Register said at a news conference.Register said the officers arrived at about 10 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Park, a mobile home community that bills itself as “one of the nicest, safest and well-managed student environments in Auburn.”Wilkes immediately opened fire on the responding officers, Register said. No one in the house was wounded, he said.”It was a simple domestic disturbance,” Register said. “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.”More: Fatal police shootings could become a crime under proposed California lawMore: 1 dead, 8 injured in shooting at high school graduation partyScores of officers then descended on the scene, and Register said aircraft were being used to aid the search. Dozens of police agencies were providing assistance, he said.Auburn University issued a social media alert: “Massive police presence near Arrowhead Mobile Home Park off of Wire Rd, approx 5 miles west of Vet School. Avoid area until further notice.”Wilkes is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who sees him or knows where he might be should notify police, Registers said.”It’s a terrible thing, and we are just trying to be there with our officers and their families right now,” Register said. “Everyone is here in Auburn, Alabama, today to help us bring this case to a close.”Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/20/alabama-shooting-officer-killed-and-two-wounded-manhunt-underway/3738825002/

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