Auburn Police officer fatally shot, Suspect apprehended by APD


At approximately 7:12 a.m., Auburn Police along with members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Grady Wayne Wilkes, age 29, from Auburn in the 900 block of Lee Road 9.He was taken into custody and charged with Capital Murder, attempted Murder (3 counts), and Domestic Violence 2nddegree.

The arrest stems from the Sunday night shooting of three Auburn Police Officers as they responded to a domestic violence call at a residence in the 3000 block of Wire Road.Immediately following the incident Wilkes fled the scene, initiating a massive search by Auburn Police, Opelika Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County District Attorney’s Office, USMS Fugitive Task Force members, FBI, ALEA, Alabama Department ofCorrections, and a host of other local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.

Officer William Buechner, a 13 year veteran was fatally wounded. Officers Webb Sistrunk, an 8 year veteran sustained serious injuries and was transported to Piedmont Regional Hospital in Columbus and remains in satisfactory condition.Officer Evan Elliott, who has been with the Police Division since 2018, sustained injuries and was treated and released at EAMC.

The case remains under investigation by ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation.

AUBURN, Ala-On May 19, 2019, at about 1010 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 gun fire 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 gun fire and were transported to local hospitals. Their conditions are not being released at this time. The suspect fled and is still at large. He is considered armed and dangerous.Citizens are urged to avoid the 3000 block of Wire and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

Fallen and Injured Officers


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