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Investigators determine Raleigh officer shot comrade

Posted June 5
Updated June 6

An officer was injured early Thursday in an incident at an apartment complex in north Raleigh.

— A Raleigh police officer who was wounded while responding to a call last week was shot by a fellow officer, investigators said Thursday.

Officer K.J. Barefoot, 31, was hit in his left hip on May 29 at the Meridian at Wakefield apartment complex while responding to a domestic disturbance call about a man with a gun.

Barefoot and Sgt. J.D. Malzahn were checking on an apartment after a 911 caller reported an intoxicated man brandishing a gun in an altercation with his girlfriend. When the door swung open, the man waved his gun at police, according to investigators.

The two officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, and Malzahn fired two shots when the man pointed the gun at him, investigators said. One shot hit a fire extinguisher in the breezeway, and the other hit Barefoot, they said.

The man went back inside the apartment and slammed his door shut, police said, but Malzahn and another officer were later able to take him into custody.

Joshua Daniel Timberlake, 28, of 12200-102 Colbert Creek Loop, was charged with assault on a female and two counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

Barefoot, who joined the Raleigh Police Department in 2012, was treated at WakeMed and released.

Malzahn, 40, who joined the department in 2009, was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation into his actions.

The State Bureau of Investigation, which usually handles officer-involved shootings, declined to investigate the case, saying agents believed, based on preliminary information, that the shooting was an accident.

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  • Jump1 Jun 6, 3:51 p.m.

    This goes back to training and the leadership of the department for failing to train their officers and keep the training up.

  • disgusted2010 Jun 6, 3:22 p.m.

    This should bring the haters out in droves.

    — Posted by disgusted2010

    haters of what? people who complained about The Pit having a no weapons policy and jeering when... View More

    — Posted by archmaker

    I was speaking of Law ENforcement Haters, not gun haters, but many are both,

  • disgusted2010 Jun 6, 3:20 p.m.

    This should bring the haters out in droves.

    — Posted by disgusted2010

    Haters of what? "responsible gun owners" who get drunk and wave guns about?

    — Posted by Grand Union

    Thanks for making my point.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 6, 2:48 p.m.

    Studies have shown trained citizens hit their intended target more often than trained police... View More

    — Posted by less_govt_is_better_govt

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    I'd love to see actual links to studies that show that.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 6, 2:47 p.m.

    "The two officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, and Malzahn fired two shots when the man pointed the gun at him, investigators said. One shot hit a fire extinguisher in the breezeway, and the other hit Barefoot, they said."

    Really??? Speechless!!!

    Well, regardless, prayer for the injured officer and I pray the woman assaulted is smart enough to leave the animal who's beating on her.

  • nmyopenyun Jun 6, 2:38 p.m.

    Most agencies have to qualify once a year, passing score is 70%. Most officers take pride in their marksmanship capabilities. There is a lack of combat scenario shooting situations for the line officer, ammunition cost, training cost. Those who receive extra training often do it on their own or through advanced tactics training on the job. This is an unfortunate blue on blue incident action-vs-reaction is always a hard situation. My thoughts to both as it is a hard thing for both of them.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Jun 6, 12:48 p.m.

    Studies have shown trained citizens hit their intended target more often than trained police officers.

    Good job Mr. Fife the public can sleep safe at night knowing you are at the ready.

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 6, 11:37 a.m.

    "Some may, but most won't" - miseem


    If you talking about conceal carry versus just being a gun owner, I disagree. While the average gun OWNER might not shoot as much, those that practice conceal carry generally do.

  • miseem Jun 6, 11:24 a.m.

    If cops trained to use guns can't hit what they're aiming at -- except another cop -- then what... View More

    — Posted by raleighboy524

    Guarantee us civilians spend more time at the range than they do.

    — Posted by wanderer

    Some may, but most won't. And it's that most that worries some people.

  • sinenomine Jun 6, 11:03 a.m.

    "Generally the bad guys are the only ones shot by civilians."

    I guess this doesn't include the number of accidental deaths each year from guns left unsecured around children or "unloaded" guns. I personally knew a former Marine (they train with guns, don't they?) who killed himself at a party in a "hey watch this!" moment.

    Personally despite the Keystone Kops aspect of this particular officer-involved shooting I'll take my chances around an armed officer any day over a firearm being toted by someone with a Rambo complex.

    I foresee that I will be categorized as being among the "haters" by some of the posters here. Go ahead and call me a hater if you will. At least I know the difference between "hating" and expressing a contrary opinion.

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