Alabama Blue Alert from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for suspect Grady Wayne Wilkes (Photo: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)
The Alabama man accused of fatally shooting one police officer and wounding two others who were responding to a domestic disturbance call near Auburn University was arrested Monday following a massive manhunt.
The school issued an "all clear" notice on social media saying Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29, was in police custody.
Local residents had been warned to shelter in place when the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a "Blue Alert" for Wilkes overnight. Blue Alerts are generally activated when an officer has been shot. The assailant fled on foot after the shooting, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said.
"This is probably the worst day in all my time here," Register said at a news conference before the arrest.
Register said the officers arrived at about 10 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Park, a mobile home community that bills itself as "one of the nicest, safest and well-managed student environments in Auburn."
Wilkes immediately opened fire on the responding officers, Register said. No one in the house was wounded, he added.
"It was a simple domestic disturbance," Register said. "You always hear that they are one of the most dangerous kinds of calls officers go to, and it played out to that effect tonight."
Scores of officers then descended on the scene, and Register said aircraft were used to aid the search. Dozens of police agencies provided assistance, he said.
Auburn University issued a social media alert shortly after the shootings: "Massive police presence near Arrowhead Mobile Home Park off of Wire Rd, approx 5 miles west of Vet School. Avoid area until further notice."
"It's a terrible thing, and we are just trying to be there with our officers and their families right now," Register said. "Everyone is here in Auburn, Alabama, today to help us bring this case to a close."