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Woman shot multiple times by Raleigh officers

Posted October 21, 2010
Updated October 22, 2010

— A woman shot by a police officer near a Motel 6 in Raleigh was listed in critical condition, and the officers involved were on administrative duty, the city’s police chief said Thursday afternoon.

Three police officers responded to a 911 call about a female creating a disturbance at 3520 Maitland Drive at approximately 4:20 a.m. Thursday, Chief Harry Dolan said.

When they arrived, they were confronted by a woman who was yelling and threatening the life of one of the officers. The officers fired at her multiple times when she charged at them, Dolan said.

Investigators did not find a weapon at the scene, he added. The woman’s name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

A motel clerk called 911 around 4 a.m., reporting that the woman was acting hysterical in the parking lot.

“There is some crazy lady out front here,” the caller said in the call, which was released Thursday afternoon. “She’s screaming and hollering, and I don’t know what’s going on.

“She’s all out in the front of the building, and it looks like she’s praying to somebody. I don’t know,” the caller continued.

Police officers took a small child from a motel room later Thursday morning. The child was unharmed and was in the custody of social services Thursday afternoon, Dolan said.

The three officers are off the street temporarily until the results of investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation and Raleigh Police Department. Those are standard whenever a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.


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  • conservatism lives Oct 25, 2010

    there will always be the cop haters out there who will judge us without being in that situation...yet they are the ones who call us for the dumbest reasons imaginable, but guess what? we show up...we may not want to or feel the need to, but it's our JOB. it's also our JOB to go home at the end of the shift to our families...yes we have those too. sure the lady didn't have a weapon, but a lot of officers are not willing to take that chance in that situation.

    nobody on here knows exactly what happened and the circumstances, so I suggest most of you just not comment on things you know nothing about. of course you have the right to, so go ahead and make yourself look dumb if you wish!

  • carolinabrat91 Oct 22, 2010

    BigDog123-- correction, *mace*. and also, officers are trained to shoot to wound in certain situations. if the officer knows what they are doing and can shoot properly (like they are trained to do) they can shoot with out killing someone.

  • carolinabrat91 Oct 22, 2010

    jdo823-- guess what?? cops cant wait until someone is on top of them going crazy and injuring the officers to find out whether or not they have a weapon on them.

  • carolinabrat91 Oct 22, 2010

    BigDog123-- Yes, officers are required to be tased in order to carry tasers. yes, they carry mase, and yes, they carry night sticks.

  • leo-nc Oct 22, 2010

    "Don’t threaten someone if you are not ready for the consequence. cops don’t have x-ray glasses."---

    Best thing said all day. At least a few folks here have some common sense. It's refreshing. Sad though that most are still clueless..

  • leo-nc Oct 22, 2010

    "Thanks leo nc we will look into that. Have a safe shift."--

    Thank you. Time to go. I'm out :)

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 22, 2010

    brainwilson1032 speaks the truth. Nicely illustrated sir.

  • u stand corrected Oct 22, 2010

    brianwilson1032 TRUE TRUE TRUE

  • brianwilson1032 Oct 22, 2010

    For everyone that thinks the so called "unarmed woman" was no threat what would you do if its 3am and you get a knock at your door. you go down stairs and ask who is it. you hear a voice from the other side say. open up, I am going to kill you. You look through the peep hole and see someone standing there but you don’t see any weapons. From reading earlier post from what you are saying you would open the door and ask them in for tea...why not you did not see any weapons, the threat was just small talk chit chat. No you are gonna call the police and make it their problem. what if the dispatcher said, no you are not justified in having a unit respond. the bad guy must be actively killing you before we do anything. call back when the pull the gun from behind their back and kick the door in. thanks for calling 911, Bye...........The fact is a threat against someone’s life is a threat. Don’t threaten someone if you are not ready for the consequence. cops don’t have x-ray glasses.

  • u stand corrected Oct 22, 2010


    They don't know because they have never experienced it. However this could be interesting.;)