DA: Deputy, state trooper justified in fatal July shooting on I-40 in Johnston County
Posted August 25
Newton Grove, N.C. — The Johnston County District Attorney concluded that a deputy and a North Carolina State Trooper were justified in shooting a woman on Interstate 40 in Johnston County on July 8.
Highway patrol troopers and Johnston County sheriff's deputies responded around 6:30 a.m. to a report of a single-vehicle crash on I-40 westbound at mile marker 337, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. When officers arrived, they found Tina Renee Medlin, 50, of Raleigh, armed with a gun and lying on the side of the highway.
Dashcam video from the Highway Patrol released on Friday shows Medlin pulling a gun on Trooper J. Taylor and Deputy T. Davis shortly after they arrived on scene. Taylor and Davis backed away from Medlin as she fired a shot. The video shows officers return fire, hitting her, causing her to drop to the ground in front of her SUV.
Johnston County Communications received several 911 calls reporting a white SUV driving erratically and eventually crashing on the side of I-40 westbound. Callers reported a woman, later identified as Medlin, was lying in the grass on the shoulder of the highway.
A witness went over to check on Medlin, according to the district attorney, and Medlin reportedly got up and yelled, "I wish I would have just killed myself."
Medlin then returned to the wrecked SUV and got a gun, which she said was loaded. She then told the witness to leave the scene, and she put the gun in her waistband and laid down in front of the SUV just before authorities arrived, according to the DA.
Medlin was taken to WakeMed where she was treated for a gunshot wound to her right arm and head.