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Domestic Disturbance Ends With Police Officer Shooting Suspect

Posted April 21, 2003

— A north Raleigh family's Easter morning turned violent when a son allegedly assaulted his father and then was shot by police.

As many people along Grosvenor Drive were sleeping or preparing for Easter sunrise service, Louis Highsmith apparently was in a confrontation with his son. Raleigh police received a call around 5:30 a.m. that 18-year-old James Highsmith was assaulting his father.

When officers got to the Highsmith residence at 404 Grosvenor, Louis Highsmith told them his son was drunk and violent.

According to police, officers located James Highsmith in the kitchen, where he grabbed a butcher knife. Officers said he refused their order to drop the knife and moved toward them.

An officer then shot the teenager in the torso.

Officers said James Highsmith ran from the house into a neighboring yard, where he fell and was taken into custody. He was reported to be in stable condition at Wake Medical Center Sunday afternoon.

The SBI is investigating the shooting. The officer who shot the suspect will go on administrative duties while the shooting is investigated.

Neighbors and police said there's a history of domestic calls from the Highsmith house involving violent behavior from James Highsmith. He's being charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government officer.


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