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Greensboro police officer shot during traffic stop released from hospital

Posted February 10
Updated February 11

Greensboro police officer shot during traffic stop

— A Greensboro police officer was shot in the chest Friday afternoon during a shootout with a suspect who fled from a traffic stop.

The officer, whose name was not released, was part of a two-officer team patrolling the Hickory Trails neighborhood in response to a tip of drug activity in the area. During the patrol, the pair tried to stop a red Chevy Impala, but the driver fled.

The officers involved were J.R. LaBarre, and L.S. Garrison. Information on which officer was shot was not released.

It is unclear why the officers attempted to stop the car.

The female officer driving the cruiser pursued the Impala until it pulled over in the 4200 block of Romaine Street around 4:30 p.m. The passenger in the Impala, identified as Carlos Keith Blackman, jumped out of the car and ran; the male officer chased Blackman on foot.

Officials later reviewed body camera footage of the incident, which showed the male officer tried to handcuff Blackman, but Blackman assaulted the officer and escaped.

The female officer handcuffed the driver of the Impala before running to help the male officer.

Audio from the male officer's body camera, which was dislodged during the struggle, recorded several gunshots fired in quick succession. Shortly after the shots were fired, the female officer found her partner on the ground with a gunshot wound.

Blackman fled to a family member's house on Alma Street where police found him suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he died.

Police said evidence collected at the scene indicated at least one other weapon other than the officer's was involved in the incident.

The injured officer was treated and released from the hospital.

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  • Mary Meadows Feb 11, 2017
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    Please edit the article. The second paragraph reads:
    In a routine traffic stop, two officers pulled over a vehicle in a routine traffic stop.