Investigators determine Raleigh officer shot comrade
Posted June 5, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.