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Man, 22, shot by police outside Zebulon home

Posted June 22, 2013

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— A 22-year-old man was taken to WakeMed early Saturday after being shot by a Zebulon police officer outside a home in the 900 block of Moss Road, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office. 

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Derek Steven Smith fired at a Zebulon police officer about 6 a.m. as the officer approached the home after responding to a disturbance call. The officer, whose name was not released, returned fire, hitting Smith.

The officer was uninjured in the incident. Smith was in critical condition Saturday night.

According to investigators, Smith was at the home trying to retrieve a firearm from his grandparents. Willie Woods, 81, and Betty Sue Woods, 64, were trying to disarm Smith inside their home before he left it and fired at the officer. 

"I would not expect Derek to do that...it's shocking," said a neighbor. 

The couple was also taken to WakeMed following the shooting with minor injuries, the sheriff's office said. Investigators said they have received multiple disturbance calls at the home. 

"It is typically a quiet neighborhood and the grandparents are nice people," a neighbor said. 

No other information was released, but Harrison said the SBI is now in charge of the investigation, which is standard in officer-involved shootings. The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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