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Injured Harnett County Sheriff's Deputy Released From Hospital

Posted June 13, 2002

— A Harnett County sheriff's deputy has been released from the hospital after a shootout Wednesday afternoon that left a suspect dead.

The shooting took place at 455 Mimms Road in Broadway. Deputy Richard Foley was shot in the shoulder while trying to serve a warrant for felony possession of stolen firearms with another deputy and two detectives.

Officials said the suspect, Gregory Alford Smith, was wanted for stealing a gun from a gunshop.

After knocking on Smith's door, Sheriff Larry Knott said the deputies and detectives kicked it in and the shootout began. He would not say who fired first or how many shots were fired.

Smith was shot with a .40 caliber handgun and died at the scene.

Smith's aunt wonders if deputies could have handled the situation differently

"This is terrible, it's unbelievable," Mary Mimms said. "There's got to be a better way. Why didn't they use tear gas, get some of that in there."

Knott credits a bullet-proof vest with saving Foley's life. Authorities are investigating the incident. Foley will have to wait until their investigation is over before he can return to duty.


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