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New Hero Search William Ray Buechner ("Will") - May. 19, 2019 (29928)

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Auburn Public Safety Dept. Patch
Resided: Opelika AL, USA
Born: Aug. 27, 1981  
Fallen: May. 19, 2019
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 37 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Auburn Police Division - AL
141 N Ross St  
Auburn, AL   36830   USA
(334)501-3100
County: Lee
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 13 years
Bio: William (Will) Ray Buechner, Jr. was born to William Ray Buechner, Sr. and Suzanne Plyler Buechner.

Will graduated from Auburn University in 2005 and received a Bachelor of Criminology Degree. Will served the City of Auburn Police Department for 13 years. He was a full patch member of the Gunners Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club for five and one-half years.

Survived by:
Sara - Wife
step-daughter(Mckenna), infant son(Henry)

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Grady Wayne Wilkes :: Caucasian / Male - 29 years old
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Location:   Auburn, AL   USA   Sun. May. 19, 2019
Summary: Officer William Buechner was shot and killed at about 10:10 pm when he and two other officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 3300 block of Wire Road.

Subject'(Wilkes) live-in girlfriend and mother of his young child called police to report domestic violence. She fled the residence and met officers at another location inside the Arrowhead Park mobile home park. She told officers Wilkes had threatened to physically assault and kill her and that he’d grabbed her by the wrists and also tried to choke her.

After speaking with the woman, the officers went to Wilkes’ residence, inside the mobile home park, in an attempt to talk with him about the incident. When the officers knocked, Wilkes opened the door wearing body armor and carrying a rifle.

'He immediately began firing at the officers.'

Officer Buechner was hit and died from his injuries. Two other officers were also hit and were transported to a local hospital. A fourth officer present was fired upon but was not hit.

After the shots were fired, Wilkes fled the scene, police have stated. A massive manhunt was initiated late Sunday night, prompting the State of Alabama’s first-ever issuance of a BLUE Alert, an urgent alert that seeks a suspect involved in the death or injury of a law enforcement officer who poses an immediate threat to public safety.

Around 7 a.m. Monday Wilkes was found in a wooded area less than a mile from the scene of the shooting. He was arrested and transported to the Lee County Detention Facility where he was charged with capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and second-degree domestic violence.

Disposition: The subject was charged with capital murder.

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