Auburn, Alabama – Several police officers were shot in a trailer park south of here late Sunday night and a manhunt was on for the alleged gunman, reports CBS Birmingham, Alabama affiliate WIAT-TV.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told the station one of the officers is dead and two others were wounded, at least one critically. No identities were released.
The State of Alabama issued an Emergency BLUE Alert asking for the public’s help in finding Grady Wayne Wilkes. Those alerts are issued when officers are killed or critically wounded.
Authorities said the 29-year-old is believed to be a serious risk to the public.
A law enforcement command center was set up at Auburn University, which warned students to stay away from the mobile home park about five miles from campus, The Associated Press reports.
Wilkes was last seen wearing camouflage clothing with body armor and a helmet at the Arrow Head Trailer Part in Auburn at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
Police said the officers were shot after responding to a domestic disturbance at the trailer park.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports multiple gunshots were heard and residents were told to shelter in place as dozens of law enforcement officers rushed to the trailer park.
The newspaper said the area was blocked off and helicopters flew overhead.