AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was seriously wounded in a shooting that killed another officer is improving, officials said Wednesday as they made plans to remember the fallen man.
Officer Webb Sistrunk has been moved into critical care at a hospital in Columbus, Georgia, according to a statement released by the Auburn Police Division. The change was an improvement because Sistrunk had been in in intensive care.
Sistrunk and two other officers were shot in at a mobile home park in Auburn on Sunday night. Officer William Buechner was killed, and Officer Evan Elliott suffered a less severe wound.
Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29, is jailed on charges including capital murder and attempted murder in the shootings. Wilkes, who leads an infantry combat team with the Alabama National Guard, is being held without bail.
The statement relayed by police from Piedmont Columbus Hospital said Sistrunk was shot in the right shoulder. He will continue to undergo a number of medical procedures, it said.
Sistrunk is a canine officer and receive a visit in the hospital from his dog partner, Leon. The animal was at the scene of the shooting but was not injured.
Meanwhile, the city of Auburn said the funeral for Buechner would be held Friday afternoon at the Auburn Arena.
Court documents show officers were called to a mobile home park Sunday night by a woman who identified Wilkes as her live-in boyfriend and the father of her child. Meeting with officers away from their home, she said the man had threatened to kill her, according to the complaint.
The shooting began after police went to the couple’s trailer.
“Officers knocked on the door and Wilkes answered the door wearing body armor and was armed with a rifle. After Wilkes opened the door he immediately began firing at the officers,” the document said.
An attorney appointed to represent Wilkes, William Whatley, declined comment.
Helping the Families
GoFundMe accounts have been set up for each of the officers and their families. Click their names below for their respective accounts.
Visitation for fallen officer Buechner will be held at the Auburn University Arena Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral service will follow starting at 2 p.m. at the same location. Graveside will take place at Town Creek Cemetery in Auburn immediately after the service.