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Man Charged After Struggle for Officer's Gun

Posted February 22, 2007

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— A Goldsboro man has been charged with attempted murder after trying to grab an officer's gun and firing two shots, police said.

Robert Edward Dukes, 30, of 1300 E. Ash St., is being held in the Wayne County Detention Center without bond.

Officer Chris Crawford arrested Dukes Tuesday night on outstanding warrants for assault inflicting serious injury, kidnapping, common law robbery and assault by strangulation, police said. As Dukes was being processed at a magistrate's office, Dukes assaulted Crawford, and they struggled over Crawford's gun, police said.

It was unclear whether Dukes was handcuffed at the time.

During the scuffle, Dukes fired two shots before Crawford and a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office detention officer were able to subdue him, police said. Nobody was wounded in the shooting, police said.

Both Dukes and Crawford were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The State Bureau of Investigations is reviewing the incident.

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  • netstumbler Feb 23, 2007

    Regardless if it is family, I would still say the same thing about this person. You do the crime you should do the time. Quit candy coating the system and slapping them on the wrist and say dont do it again. He grabbed an officers gun, and fired two shots, he could have shot the deputy, and innocent bystanders, this makes him a threat. I dont respect anyone who has that kinda list of warrants. So what if he hasn't been convicted yet, if your a parent think of that nut kidnapping your children.

  • Greyt22 Feb 22, 2007

    Reposted comment from previous story:

    I knew this guy when he lived in Raleigh. I was surprised to see him still alive. Another case of drugs taking over someone's life. What a waste. He was headed in the right direction, and then drugs changed that. What a big waste.

  • normalthinking Feb 22, 2007

    this guy needs to be locked away now!! before he kills someone

  • bubbles Feb 22, 2007

    It's more than just "this guy". What about his family? They are not to blame. I am a parent myself and when my kids are wrong, they are wrong, I don't love them any less but I don't deserve to be punished for their reactions. At the same time, I would not want outsiders to base who my kids are by others negativity. I know these parents and feel for them and see the hurt by what people are saying. It is affecting them more than it is Mr. Dukes.

  • has had enough Feb 22, 2007

    I agree with what you say, but unfortunately when a person puts themselves out there by doing something amazing (good)OR crazy (bad) they become the topic du jour... Most people never ask for their fifteen minutes of fame...it just jumps on us. But, if you do something stupid, like this guy, it pounces on you especially hard.

  • bubbles Feb 22, 2007

    I understand that it is freedom, but I'm sure that the people who are commenting would not be the way they are if it were them or their son or someone they loved. People just need to sit back and see that what they say can and does have effect on more than just the "bad" person. I'm not saying that Mr Dukes is a saint, I'm just saying that there is more than just him that all these words are hurting. It hurts to see these people hurting and I hope that no one that is commenting ever has to go through any of this, be it they are the cop, his family, Mr Dukes' or his family or the other people directly involved. Just because the man that killed Precious Whitfiled was a monster, does that make his family too? Shouldn't we all have respect for mankind?

  • has had enough Feb 22, 2007

    bubbles, it's a Public Forum. That is what people do - they make comments, state opinions,... If you find it disturbing, don't visit. That's freedom...

  • bubbles Feb 22, 2007

    More than just him are involved. He has a family too. I see what they are going through. Too many people being busy bodies.

  • Iwasasoldier4u Feb 22, 2007

    I truly hope you don't have to go through what his victims went through

  • bubbles Feb 22, 2007

    Still judging and critisizing. That is what is wrong with this world. Like I said yesterday, none of us are perfect. Does this directly involve any of the people that are commenting? Will it effect your life either way of the outcome? Probably not. I do know lives that it will directly effect and I believe I am speaking for those when I ask that if you can't give Mr. Dukes' respect, give his family some and those that do love and care about his parents. You people are so mean!!!! I hope none of you that are being judgemental never have to go through what this family is. What goes around comes around.