Police in Alabama have captured a gunman they say shot and killed a police officer and wounded two others at a trailer park in Auburn late last night, according to local reports.
The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call when Grady Wayne Wilkes – clad in camouflage body armor and a helmet – opened fire, authorities said. Auburn University, citing police, later tweeted Monday morning that Wilkes was in custody.
“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,” Auburn Chief of Police Paul Register told reporters Monday.
AU ALERT: ALL CLEAR. Police report the suspect in the off-campus shooting is in custody. ALL CLEAR.
— AU Campus Safety (@AuburnSafety) May 20, 2019
Wilkes, who is 29 years old, was described as being around 6-foot 4-inches, weighing 215 pounds.
“We do believe he is dangerous, and obviously in this situation was, to these officers,” Register added.
Register says two of the officers were seriously injured but are expected to recover. The deceased officer has not yet been identified.
A tweet posted on one of Auburn University’s accounts had warned students earlier to stay away from the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park, five miles away from its campus.
“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,” a resident there who asked not to be identified told the Opelika-Auburn News.
The newspaper reported that helicopters were encircling the mobile home community early Monday. Residents were told by responding officers to shelter in place.