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Halifax deputy shoots self during pursuit

Posted July 15, 2008
Updated July 17, 2008

— Deputy Charlie Jenkins of the Halifax County Sheriff's Department accidentally shot himself in the hand early Tuesday while chasing a suspect, authorities reported.

Jenkins was attempting to stop a man on a scooter just after midnight off N.C. Highway 561 near Enfield, Lt. Bobby Martin said.

With Jenkins in pursuit, Darvin Johnson, 40, of Enfield, jumped off his scooter and ran into a cotton field, Martin said. The two wrestled and Johnson managed to get the deputy's flashlight and tried to strike Jenkins in the head.

Jenkins put up his hand to block the flashlight and fired his gun at the same time, Martin said. The bullet hit his left hand, then struck Johnson in the shoulder.

Both men were treated at Halifax Regional Hospital and released.

Johnson was sent to the Halifax County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, driving with his license revoked, driving without registration and resisting a public officer.

Johnson was wanted by the Enfield Police Department on warrants for traffic and drug offenses.

Halifax County Sheriff Jeff Frazier has said it is of his opinion that Jenkins did everything by protocol. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.


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  • bdaniels Jul 15, 2008

    Enfield's finest!

  • Just Once Jul 15, 2008

    Should be just like the person he was arresting shot him. No difference. If he had not been resisting it would never have happened.

  • illegals--GO HOME Jul 15, 2008

    I believe they should make Assault On An Officer or any emergency worker a FELONY anyway. It's sad that they only make it a minor charge!!

  • Gooseye Jul 15, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk "If I had to shoot myself to be manly/womanly, then there is a problem. He needs to retake shooting classes."

    Ok, let's put you in a field, at night, with someone trying to clock you in the head with a Maglight and see how well you do. And I'll let you in on a little secret. Paper targets and shooting classes aren't going to prepare you for a hand-to-hand, fight for you life kind of situation that this officer encountered.

    Molōn labe!

  • illegals--GO HOME Jul 15, 2008

    There are some really lame posts on here. I am so glad none of you have ever had to fight with someone while they are trying to take your gun. I have and it's not a very "fun" feeling when you know if they get control of it then you are dead. Most LEO's carry a heavy duty flashlight, some metal, with four to eight batteries in it and it packs a great punch if you were to get hit in the head with it....could either knock you out of kill you. It's too late after you get hit with it to do the shooting sometimes so if someone were to start to swing at me with it or throw it toward my head I might have shot too. As for shooting himself in the hand, remember he was fending off the guy and the flashlight and the dynamics going on can put body parts at risk sometimes. The defendant had no right to try to fight with the officer and thats what propelled the whole incident. Glad the officer will be okay. Hope your buddies don't pick on you too much, but most of them have been in fights too!!

  • mommy2just1 Jul 15, 2008

    They should throw everything possible at this guy. He was already wanted on outstanding warrants for drugs. Then, he was fleeing police and assaulted a LEO. In addition, he would have gotten the deputy's gun if he could have gotten it from him...In the way he was using the flashlight, yes it was a deadly weapon. Have you ever seen one of those flashlights? One flying at your head could definitly be deadly. I definitely don't see anything laughable about him shooting himself. Luckily he should be fine as soon as he gets out of surgery (which is where he is at this time).

  • Meandmytwo Jul 15, 2008

    Hum~~~~~ This sounds like killing two birds with one stone. One bullet, two shot.

  • tarheelalum Jul 15, 2008

    So a flashlight is a deadly weapon? I agree there should be an assault on a public official charge...but throwing a flashlight? The fact the LEO shot both himself and the suspect is irrelevant. Thats laughable and hardly assault with a deadly weapon! Also, when does a scooter require a driver's license? They're really trying to throw everything possible at this guy.

  • Glock Ranger Jul 15, 2008

    Hmmmm. Let's get this in perspective: Off the hand, off the flashlight, through the shoulder! Pretty good shootin' in my book!

    Hope the hand is OK. God bless LEOs and keep them all safe.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jul 15, 2008

    Get well soon officer!