Cumberland deputies wound man in exchange of gunfire
Posted January 15, 2012
Spring Lake, N.C. — Cumberland County deputies wounded a man who opened fire on them late Saturday as they responded to a reported shooting at his Spring Lake home, authorities said.
According to authorities, Leon Gainey, 36, and Heather Carini, 24, were involved in an argument at their home, at 3110 Huntley Drive, shortly after 10 p.m. A shot was fired, wounding Carini, and she ran next door to call for help.
"When we arrived on scene, there was a male sitting on the front porch of one of the homes, 3110 Huntley, and he began to fire on our deputies," said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. "Our deputies returned fire, and the subject was hit."
Tanna said that, when deputies arrived, Gainey was holding a shotgun. They repeatedly told Gainey to drop his weapon before shooting him once in the side.
Carini told investigators that the argument started between her mother and Gainey. Two children were also inside the home at the time, Tanna said.
Carini and Gainey were both taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of wounds that authorities said weren't life-threatening.
Gainey has been charged with two counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement office, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault in the presence of a minor.
The deputies have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation review of the shooting.