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Search Continues For Suspect in Rocky Mount Officer Shooting

Posted August 6, 2007

— A Rocky Mount police officer is recovering after being shot twice during a traffic stop early Sunday morning. Two suspects are in custody and three others are still on the run, including the man investigators say pulled the trigger.

Rocky Mount authorities are getting help in their search for 20-year-old Alexander Whitaker from nearly a dozen U.S. marshals, who arrived Sunday evening. Investigators said Whitaker was in a dark Lincoln sedan with four other people when Senior Police Officer Darrell Martin stopped them at around 4 a.m. on Sunset Avenue at the U.S. Highway 301 overpass.

Police said Martin recognized a man in the car who was wanted for a traffic violation. When he asked everyone to get out, police said Whitaker shot Martin at least twice in the side, and in the arm.

Martin, a 13-year veteran with the Rocky Mount Police Department, is listed in stable condition at Nash General Hospital.

After hearing about the shooting, residents in Martin's neighborhood showed their support. Despite the injuries, friends said Martin is doing well.

“When I went to see him, I felt much better,” said friend Lindy Brewer. “There was a lot of police support there. He was able to carry on a conversation with us, and it was very uplifting to see him in such good shape, because it could have been so much worse.”

Authorities said Whitaker fled the scene with two others who were still in the car. He is described as a 20-year-old black male, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. If you have any information on Whitaker's whereabouts, you are asked to contact local law enforcement.

Authorities have not yet released a description of the other two individuals, who fled from the scene.

Two of the car's occupants, Eric Devon Harrison and Tyron Foreman, both of Rocky Mount, were taken into custody.


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  • skinnycow Aug 6, 2007


    I agree. How ironic it is that this guy was found dead by that car dealership. I wonder who killed him? Has he escaped from justice or was justice served? What do you all think?

  • Mrs. Fabulous Aug 6, 2007


    Did you mean to address me?

  • Rocknhorse Aug 6, 2007

    Geisha-apology accepted and please accept mine to you as well for making you think I was targetting you! I just grow tired of someone turning every thread toward racial issues. Some threads ARE about race issues and a discussion on both sides are certainly applicable and invited. But sometimes, it's just about a bad guy and, at least to me, it doesn't matter what he looks like.

  • skinnycow Aug 6, 2007

    "Officer Martin was hit with the gunshots on the left side and his right arm. Officer Martin is listed in stable condition at an area hospital. "

    I got that from WTVD. Did WRAL ever report where this officer was shot? It also states the mom fears police retaliation against her son and is hoping he turns himself in. I guess when you have gone as far as he did then it is harder to turn back to face the things that one has done.


    I agree, we tend to agree with each other from time to time. I felt like your post was directed towards me which is why I posted back in defense of what I took as your offense to my post. It was a misunderstanding on my part and I will apologize to you like I did, or think I did to c4sp3r. I am sorry to the both of you.

  • Rocknhorse Aug 6, 2007

    Geisha - If you think my post is racially motivated, you are sadly mistaken. I think you will find that I post to the crime/criminal, rather than their color. I have read the back and forth banter on this site between yourself and others and I was simply exercising my right to say WHAT DOES IT MATTER? Not to YOU specifically, but to EVERYone who has to make this article (and every other one) about race. It's not about race (at least as far as I am concerned). It's about BAD GUYS. I have said they come in all shapes, colors, backgrounds, etc.

    I did not target you in my comment. I have often sided with you on several issues where it turns to race. Please do not lump me together with those trying to make these posts "racially biased." Not only have I NOT done that, I'm tired of those who constantly bring it up!

  • casp3r Aug 6, 2007

    Ha Ha ...

  • skinnycow Aug 6, 2007

    sorry @ iamforjustice

    In my defense I was looking to see if I could find the information you requested. But it is not listed. Please forgive me. I dont want to be a "badger"..LOL...

  • iamforjustice Aug 6, 2007

    Geisha...go and pick on c4sp3r....lol

  • skinnycow Aug 6, 2007

    "It just makes it more personal when you don't know someone that you feel for."


    You dont have to know the person to have sympathy or compassion for him. It is enough to know that he died protecting us from the criminal element that eventually took his life. You dont have to feel a personal relationship to him to have feelings for what he went through and now what his family/friends have endured.

  • iamforjustice Aug 6, 2007

    Enough already Geisha and C4sp3r...please either kiss and make up or get married. U 2 argue like a married couple. Anyway, I would like to know more about the officer. His age for 1 and his family. It just makes it more personal when you don't know someone that you feel for.