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Driver injured after Fayetteville police shooting

Posted August 24, 2010
Updated August 25, 2010

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— Fayetteville police and the State Bureau of Investigation are looking into an officer-involved shooting that happened late Monday near Fayetteville State University.

Police spokesman Dan Grubb said Officer David West was attempting to pull over a red Ford Mustang, identified as stolen, shortly before 11 p.m. on Murchison Road but that the driver refused to stop and turned onto Coley Drive in an attempt to flee.

"When the officer attempted to pull him, he pulled into a driveway and the suspect jumped and ran from the vehicle," Grubb said. "There was gunfire exchanged between the suspect and the officer."

The driver was being treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, and no charges had been filed against him Wednesday morning.

West was not injured. The SBI was investigating the incident – a standard procedure any time an officer is involved in a shooting.

FSU spokesman Jeff Womble said the officer-involved shooting had nothing to do with the school.

The shooting marks the second in that area in as many days.  Investigators don't believe the shooting on Sunday and the one Monday night are connected.

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On Sunday, Bransford Elmore, 21, told police he was shot during a robbery attempt in the parking lot of University Place Apartments, off Coble Drive and Murchison Road.

A Fayetteville State spokesman said Tuesday that Elmore, who was shot in the buttocks, told officers that two men were about to rob him as he approached the breezeway at University Place. He turned and ran, heard gunshots, and realized he was shot.

Elmore, however, told police he might have accidentally fired his own handgun when he reached into his back pocket.

No arrests have been made.

Dominique Wilson, who has lived at University Place for a couple of years, said she's never felt in danger.

"I've always felt safe. I never had to worry about anything until recently," she said Tuesday.

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  • truth.1979 Aug 25, 2010

    I wish I can give that officer an award for his duties. Crime is a huge problem here in Fayetteville NC. Its time to clean this county up and quit pilling the garbage to the side.

  • Lead by Example Aug 25, 2010

    COPs eye,

    You're right, by now I would think that people would realize that officers are given their firearms for a reason. But it seems that some people have amnesia, so I just cut and paste a little reminder for them.

  • COPs eye Aug 25, 2010

    Lead by Example
    GOLO member since June 11, 2009.....Dont you ever get tired of having to post the N.C.G.S. 15A-401(d)(2) on here. As many times as articles show up on WRAL involving shootings and as many times as it has been posted, you would think people know that we can legally use the weapons we carry AND we know when it is legal to do so.

  • COPs eye Aug 25, 2010

    UN.......BELIEVABLE!!!! A car thief fails to stop, shoots at Officer and then gets shot by officer...and there is people on here talking about bad cops...ONLY IN AMERICA do we allow complete morons to speak publicly without consequences. I love being a Cop, but sometimes just reading the comments about us by GOLOers is mind blowing. I could go into the private sector and make double or triple the salary, then call 911 everytime my neighbors dog barks at night, or play music to loud or better yet have domestics with my wife at 3am in drunken rage and tell responding officers I pay your low salary, etc. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT APPRECIATE WHAT WE DO BECAUSE LOVE DOING THIS JOB...THANK YOU...FOR OTHERS...I CANT POST WHAT U NEED TO BE TOLD

  • Lead by Example Aug 25, 2010


    You obviously don't know the procedural guidelines for using deadly force, G.S. 15A-401(d)(2):

    A law‑enforcement officer is justified in using deadly physical force upon another person for a purpose specified in subdivision (1) of this subsection only when it is or appears to be reasonably necessary thereby:
    a. To defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force;
    b. To effect an arrest or to prevent the escape from custody of a person who he reasonably believes is attempting to escape by means of a deadly weapon, or who by his conduct or any other means indicates that he presents an imminent threat of death or serious physical injury to others unless apprehended without delay; or
    c. To prevent the escape of a person from custody imposed upon him as a result of conviction for a felony.

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 24, 2010

    "If they can't show restraint, they should go to work at Denny's..." Mugu

    So dazzle us with what you would do if an armed suspect in a stolen car opened fire on you? Hide in that Denny's bathroom until someone told you the bad man is gone? You sound like a criminal's dream come true, as opposed to the skilled officer in this article.

  • Lead by Example Aug 24, 2010

    The article should be headlined: "Man attempts to murder a police officer, and is instead justifiably shot in the process".

  • Sherlock Aug 24, 2010

    The headline should have been "Police Officer shoot at suspect that stole a vehicle, Police Officer is doing great". A stupid suspect chose to engage one of Fayetteville's finest an officer that was doing his duty and lost the gun battle.

  • Raptor06 Aug 24, 2010

    "They should err on the side of caution, even if it means risking their lives",

    Ridiculous statement. Shoot at a cop, and he/she should shoot back at the threatening individual; that's called self-defense and protecting the (our) community. That's how to exercise caution. Good job, officer!

  • josephlawrence43 Aug 24, 2010

    Duh--shoot at a cop--expect to get return fire. and not too hard to believe they are better shots than some 2 bit crook.