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Cumberland deputies wound man in exchange of gunfire

Posted January 15, 2012

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— 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.

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  • afontaine78 Jan 17, 2012

    Just FYI to everyone who commented on this.. 1, the shotgun was NOT his, he stole it.. 2, He shot AT the officers after being told to drop his weapon the officers had no choice BUT to return fire.. 3, do NOT ask me how I know these things.. I will just say I PERSONALLY KNOW this Gainey!! How, I'm his daughters MOTHER!!

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 17, 2012

    "Anyone still think its a good idea to let every one that wants a gun to have one?" - haggis basher


    I haven't heard anyone say that. Some people shouldn't own guns. Some people shouldn't own knives. Some people shouldn't drive. Luckily the Henderson teen and the Oklahoma teen mom DID have guns to stop their intruders.


    "Many people still hunt for their foods." - Rebelyell55


    Haggis has previously claimed that hunters murder animals because they just like to kill for fun.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 17, 2012

    And in case you have not noticed.....many of these cases are carried out by people who were allowed to own guns.......
    haggis basher
    January 16, 2012 3:16 p.m.... Just an opinon here, there is no facts. Also it was a shot gun, he was not suppose to have. Many people still hunt for their foods.

  • Red Green Jan 16, 2012

    "And in case you have not noticed.....many of these cases are carried out by people who were allowed to own guns." - haggis basher

    How can you respond to that other than OH WELL! Are you willing to give up your automobile because people drink and drive? No Cars, no drinking and driving!

  • Bill of Rights Jan 16, 2012

    Haggis: I'm not sure what you're advocating here. Prohibitions don't work, and most criminals don't care about tighter gun laws because they're already operating outside of the system. I don't tell you how to secure your home, your vehicle and your other possessions; I'd rather not have you (or worse yet) the government dictate to me how I store my firearms.

  • haggis basher Jan 16, 2012

    "Haggis: yes, everyone who meets the legal requirements for firearms ownership should be able to have a gun. The perpetrator in this article was a convicted felon, and it looks like he's being charged accordingly."

    And where do you think he got that gun? Wany to bet it was not once legally purchased, resale and storage laws are a joke and ensure guns get easily into the hands of criminals. And in case you have not noticed.....many of these cases are carried out by people who were allowed to own guns.......

  • Red Green Jan 16, 2012

    "Anyone still think its a good idea to let every one that wants a gun to have one?" - haggis basher

    If they are law abiding citizens that pass a back ground check, absolutely.

  • Bill of Rights Jan 16, 2012

    Haggis: yes, everyone who meets the legal requirements for firearms ownership should be able to have a gun. The perpetrator in this article was a convicted felon, and it looks like he's being charged accordingly.

  • n ter tained Jan 16, 2012

    He was/is a felon and wasn't supposed to HAVE a firearm in the first place. To answer haggis's question: yes, if one goes through the PROPER way to obtain and carry a firearm, then I still think it's a good idea to let those that can have one.

  • haggis basher Jan 16, 2012

    Anyone still think its a good idea to let every one that wants a gun to have one?

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