By Chuck Williams
AUBURN (WRBL) — The man accused of shooting three Auburn police officers, killing one, is a current non-commissioned officer in the Alabama National Guard, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Grady Wayne Wilkes has been in the National Guard since 2010, a guard spokesman said.
Wilkes, 29, is charged with the murder of William Buechner, a 13-year veteran of the Auburn Police Department. Officer Webb Sistrunk and officer Evan Elliott were also shot but survived.
The officers were responding to a domestic call at the Arrowhead Mobile Home complex when Wilkes opened fire on them, police said.
Wilkes is a corporal in the Alabama National Guard and an infantry fire team leader. Each nine-person squad is split into two fire teams with a leader. Wilkes was assigned to the 173rd Infantry, which is headquartered in Enterprise.
He had not been deployed in his career, according to the guard spokesman.