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Victim Of Police Shooting Faces Criminal Charges

Posted April 4, 2003

— The Fayettevillle Police Department has drawn up an arrest warrant for 47-year-old Randy Barfield following his violent confrontation with a police officer that left Barfield shot and in the hospital.

As a matter of procedure, police Officer Andres Martinez has been placed on administrative duty after shooting Barfield.

According to police, Martinez was responding to a disturbance in the 3500 block of Patricia Drive when he encountered Barfield, who reportedly had a weapon. Police said Martinez shot Barfield during a struggle.

Upon his release from the hospital, Barfield will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official as a result of the incident that occurred around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. He is being treated for a gunshot wound at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition Friday morning.

Martinez has been with the Fayetteville Police Department since May 2001.

The state Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the criminal investigation of the shooting.

The Office of Professional Standards and Inspections will conduct an internal investigation in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.


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