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Police release report on Raleigh chase, shooting

Posted August 12, 2008

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— A police officer thought a colleague was wounded by a razor-wielding man a week ago when he shot the man, police said in their preliminary report of the incident.

In a Monday report to City Manager Russell Allen, Police Chief Harry Dolan outlined the sequence of events that led to Renford Butler's Aug. 5 shooting. Butler, 34, of Durham, was critically wounded after being shot twice by Officer J. Bloodworth.

The incident began when cab driver Ahmed Osman was robbed near Dorothea Dix Hospital, police said. Osman wasn't injured, but the robber fled in his taxi.

An alert was issued for the stolen cab, and a police sergeant directing traffic on Poole Road spotted the vehicle and initiated a chase.

Radio transmissions between officers and the 911 dispatch center described a chase that reached speeds of 90 mph as it wound around St. Augustine's College and the Oakwood neighborhood and into downtown.

The chase proceeded down Lane Street at 55 mph before the taxi slammed into a white van near the intersection of Lane and Dawson streets. The carjacker then jumped from the taxi and tried to flee, and he waved a straight razor at officers as they cornered him, police said.

"The suspect refused to follow the commands of the officers (to drop the razor) and began yelling that he was not going to jail and that the officers were going to have to kill him," Dolan wrote in the report.

Officer J.R. Moore tried to tackle the man from behind and narrowly escaped injury when the man swiped at him with the razor, the report said. Bloodworth thought Moore had been injured and fired two shots when the man turned and began advancing toward him, the report said.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Bloodworth, who joined the Raleigh Police Department in June 2002, is on paid administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation and the department’s Internal Affairs Unit investigate the shooting. Such investigations are routine in officer-involved shootings.


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  • thepeopleschamp Aug 13, 2008

    So Steve Crisp can read minds and know what the RPD officer was thinking or not thinking and knows he was lying? In that case, read my mind and guess what I'm thinking.

    If Brett Favre can quarterback NY Jets half as well as some people Monday Morning Quarterback the police, then the Jets have the Superbowl wrapped up.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Aug 13, 2008

    In response to your denial, please review your previous post:

    Steve Crisp Posted August 12, 2008 3:57 p.m.

    To clear up a strange misconception...
    Members of the military are trained to wound, not kill. Killing a member of the enemy force takes out one person. Wounding them takes out at least two, the one who was wounded and at least one who is helping him. That is the primary reason that military rounds are designed to fragment on impact. They tear vital organs without immediately killing the person shot.

    Time to move on.

  • 3forme Aug 12, 2008

    until you've walked in the shoes don't question those who protect...

  • Steve Crisp Aug 12, 2008

    To reelhillbilly:

    Two statements you have made:

    1. "You mis-stated that full metal jacket bullets fragment."

    2. "You also stated that it's the enemy's intent to "wound" us to expend more resources."

    Now, would you mind showing me in any of my posts where I made those statements or anything that resembles them?

    Disagree with me? Fine. Debate a point? No problem. But don't simply fabricate things out of mid-air and present them as reality. Unless you are a police officer then I'm sure you are one of those one percent well trained in that task.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Aug 12, 2008

    Crispy Critter

    Leave it alone. You mis-stated that full metal jacket bullets fragment. They do not. You also stated that it's the enemy's intent to "wound" us to expend more resources. Incorrect on two accounts. Maybe that's what you were taught by some disconnected war college but take it from someone that's actually been on the non-friendly end of and AK-47. They shoot to kill. A surgical strike isn't on the menu so, order up!

  • jlh4jdj Aug 12, 2008

    SouthernLady05-gone 4 a while- I have no problem with the officer firing on the suspect. I am glad that we have people who are willing to put themselves out there like that for the public. It just seems that we hear of accidents and problems coming from high speed chases. If this many officers were around and could respond then why not work together so that they don't have to have a high speed pursuit?

  • cucamelsmd15 Aug 12, 2008

    Rev RB said: "AND...who in their right mind would lunge at someone with a gun when they were only wielding a knife or razor??? (Course the main operative here is "right mind.")"

    Uh, yeah, thats a person looking to win.

    Thank God that officer had a head on his shoulders to live to serve these (ungrateful) people another day.

  • lizard Aug 12, 2008

    Like I said, Steve. Maybe good tactics when one has the time but not very realistic and not taught by the military.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 12, 2008

    Interesting article in Police One. Of course, I disagree with it completely. Anyone brandishing any weapon which could result in injury or death -- even if the suspect is on the other side of a football field -- should be shot and killed if they do not yield to demands to drop the weapon.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 12, 2008

    "The landwar convention from The Hague doesn't allow fragmenting bullets for purposes of war, so every army in the world uses FMJ bullets."

    The principle still holds however even though the means of weaponry have changed. The intent is to still wound rather than kill since wounding ties up more than one person.

    Now if you want to quibble over the precise rounds of ammo that accomplish that, knock yourself out.