Police Officer II Sean Michael Bolton

Police Officer II Sean Michael Bolton

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sean Michael Bolton

Police Officer II 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 after he was shot.

He was transported to Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who murdered him turned himself in on August 3rd, 2015.

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 In custody

traffic stop

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I recently retired to Nashville Tennessee after 21 years. While sitting in a barber shop with my two sons and daughter, a gentleman approached. He thanked me for my service. I was wearing a police shirt with American flag with a blue stripe and Eagle Globe and Anchor. I thanked him for the words and then the the Gentleman became emotional. He told me that his Nephew was Sean Bolton. That Sean was a former Marine that survived Fallugah, one of the toughest battles Marines had fought since Chosin Reservoir. He left the Corp and decide to continue his service to his nation as a police officer. I learned that Sean was a cop, a down to earth cop that the bad guys feared. His uncle proudly told me that Sean had made over 100 firearm arrest that year he was killed. His uncle was proud but also still full of grieve. I felt his grief and pray that his family finds some solace. I thank him for sharing Sean's life with me and asked him to thank his family for his service. Semper Fi brother rest easy you did your duty.

Retired NYPD Sgt Frank M

August 9, 2017

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