Suspect in custody in deadly police shooting in Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) — The suspect in the deadly shooting of a police officer in Alabama is in custody.

Police arrested 29-year-old Grady Wilkes around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

A massive manhunt had been underway in East Alabama for Wilkes, who is accused of shooting and killing an Auburn police officer late Sunday night.

The search is centered on the Wire Road. Police say Wilkes was taken into custody at the intersection of Beehive Road and Wire Road.

Wilkes is described as being white, 6-feet-4-inches tall, 215 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing shorts.

Multiple local, state and federal agencies helped with the search, according to Auburn Police Chief Paul Register.

One Auburn officer was killed, one more critically injured and a third officer wounded.

About 10:10 p.m. CDT  officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the Arrowhead Mobile Home community, according to investigators. The officers were met with gunfire, police said.

Additional information will be released later today, Register said. The chief called this his toughest day in law enforcement.

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