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The police in Alabama launched a dragnet Monday morning for a gunman they say shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in a trailer park in Auburn late last night.
The officers were responding to a disturbance of the domestic call when Wayne Grady Wilkes – dressed in camouflage body armor and a helmet opened fire, authorities said.
“This is probably the worst day of my time here, and there are no words for the loss for this family and our family, and this community,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told reporters Monday.
Wayne Grady Wilkes, the suspect in the shooting, is considered armed and dangerous.
Wilkes, 29 years old, is described as being about 6 foot 4-inches, with a weight of 215 pounds.
“We believe that he is dangerous, and obviously in this situation was, these officers,” Register added.
Register says two of the officers were seriously injured, but will recover. The deceased official is not yet identified.
A tweet posted on one of Auburn University accounts warned students to stay away from the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park, five miles away from the campus.
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“I heard six shots, rapid-fire like an automatic weapon, and then there was a short pause, maybe a second, and then three more single shots,” a resident who asked not to be identified told the Opelika-Auburn News.
The newspaper reported that the helicopters were around the mobile home community early Monday. The residents were told by responding officers to shelter in place.