Police Officer Sean Michael Bolton

End of Watch Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Police Officer Sean Michael Bolton

Officer Sean Bolton was shot and killed when he interrupted a drug deal near the intersection of Cottonwood and Perkins Roads at approximately 9:15 pm.

Officer Bolton observed an illegally parked vehicle near the intersection occupied by multiple people. As he approached the vehicle, he was shot several times by one of the occupants, who then fled the scene. A citizen used Officer Bolton's radio to call for assistance moments after the incident. Officer Bolton was transported to Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who murdered Officer Bolton turned himself in on August 3rd, 2015. He was found guilty of first-degree murder on November 4th, 2018.

Officer Bolton was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Memphis Police Department since October 2010.


  • Age: 33
  • Tour: 4 years, 9 months
  • Badge: 5333
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender: Convicted of murder