RALEIGH — An eerie call for help went out Monday night near a section of Raleigh where just months ago, Detective Paul Hale was shot and killed in the line of duty. This time, two officers were only slightly injured. It was a suspect was who killed.
The incident at Martin and Freeman streets in downtown Raleigh following a traffic stop about 7:30 p.m. Master Officer J.C. Hicks and Officer Charles Rosa were working with the Raleigh Special Operations Unit, watching for street drug sales.
The officers stopped a vehicle, believing the occupants had been involved in a drug deal. Raleigh police Major William Baker says the deceased suspect, 39-year-old Edward Hale Anderson of Raleigh, resisted arrest, slammed the car door on Hicks' arm, attempted to run over Rosa, and then, Anderson put the car in reverse, trying to run over Officer Matthew Kohr. That's when the officers shot Anderson to death.
The three injured officers were treated at Wake Medical Center for their injuries, which were not life-threatening. Hicks was released after treatment. Both were in uniform and were in a marked police car when the incident occurred.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident -- a normal procedure when a suspect is shot. Police say both officers Kohr and Rosa fired shots.
A second suspect, John Alexander Goggins, was interviewed and released. He was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Anderson.
Eileen Anderson, the suspect's widow, told WRAL-TV5 News that she never believed that her husband's cocaine addiction would eventually kill him.
Anderson says that her husband's clean-cut appearance made it difficult to find people who would sell drugs to him. They thought that he was an undercover police officer.
Police say they believe all proper procedures were followed in the incident.
Another officer, William D. Gill, was also involved in the arrest attempt. All four officers involved have been placed on administrative assignment until an internal investigation is complete.
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