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Raleigh police ID those in officer-involved shooting

Posted October 22, 2010

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— Police on Friday released the names of a woman and the police officers who shot her outside a Raleigh motel Wednesday.

Emmerli Latrice Wilcoxson, 37, was shot outside the Motel 6 on Maitland Drive early Thursday morning by three police officers responding to a 911 call by a clerk.

Police Chief Harry Dolan said Thursday that Wilcoxson appeared to be highly disturbed, and she confronted the officers in the street and threatened the life of one of them.

Officers responded with multiple gunshots. Investigators later determined Wilcoxson was unarmed.

She was listed in serious condition at WakeMed Friday afternoon.

The officers, Charles Matthews II, Philip D. Matthews and Diana Painter, are on administrative duty pending the outcome of investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation and the police department’s Internal Affairs Unit. The move is standard procedure when an officer shoots someone.

Dolan did not offer details about what led the officers to shoot Wilcoxson but reiterated Friday that she “made a strongly and clearly worded statement, threatening to kill the officer” and then “quickly reached toward the lower portion of her garment and immediately charged at the officer.”

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“The officer ordered the suspect to stop before firing multiple shots, as the suspect continued to charge,” Dolan said. He did not provide any details of the shooting, including how many times each offer might have fired.

The Raleigh Police Department’s policy on use of force states, in part, that deadly force is only permitted for self-defense or defense of a third party from what the officer “reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force.”

“Officers should use a firearm as a last resort, when other means have failed or are inapplicable,” the policy states.

WRAL News has learned from multiple sources that two of the officers, including one who did not fire a weapon, are twins. Raleigh police, however, would not confirm whether any of the officers were related.

Officers C. Matthews and P.D. Matthews have been with the Raleigh Police Department since February 2009 and are both currently assigned to the force’s Field Operations Division’s Northeast District. Painter, assigned to the same office, has been with the police department since November 2006.

Wilcoxson, thought to be from Clayton County, Ga., had been a guest of the Motel 6, Dolan said, saying she checked in Wednesday night with an infant, who was found unharmed in a motel room.

Another guest said Friday that the woman had been staying at the motel earlier in the week but that she had a fight with her boyfriend. She left and returned Wednesday.

A clerk called 911 around 4 a.m. Thursday, telling a dispatcher that a woman was acting hysterical in the parking lot and later disappeared from his sight.

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

Business owners in the area say there are often fights and disturbances at the motel and that police are there every day, sometimes several times. One referred to it as a “cop depot.”

“There’s definitely a concern,” said Brian Hines, who owns a barber shop in the area. “No one wants to hear of anything negative to anyone, but at the same time, it does effect business.”

Some businesses have shortened their hours to keep customers safe from the motel’s clientele, which they say includes beggars and prostitutes.

“We have several customers come in and people are standing out there trying to get money from them,” said Reuben DeLapp, a security officer at a nearby department store. “I have to go out and run the guys off, or whatever, to keep the peace.”


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  • Adelinthe Oct 22, 2010

    What else were they to do?

    If you're "off" enough to charge someone who is armed, what can you expect?

    Those dissing the police need to step up, go through the training, pass the tests, and put the uniforms on themselves to see if they could do a better job and to see how they'd react if in this situation.

    Praying for the crazy woman's child. Praying it finds a forever home that is safe and loving and kind, and rid of crazies.

    God bless.


  • ncmedic201 Oct 22, 2010

    Where does it say the police have to protect the citizens before themselves???

  • airbornemonty Oct 22, 2010

    I have two questions:

    One: Who said that she was reaching for something below her waist, the police?

    Two: If she lives, what is she going to do with the city, since she'll own it, I suppose she will do whatever she feels like doing.

  • Hans Oct 22, 2010

    "Still, The police are suppose to protect and serve us. Which means protecting the citizens before themselves." -ncmickey

    No, that's a myth. The supreme court has ruled that law enforcement officers have no legal duty to protect an individual from harm. They are not out to "serve" or "protect".

  • ccs1920 Oct 22, 2010

    ncmickey/ A dash cam is stationary and points forward. Never seen one that moves around and follows someone. The rest of your comment doesn't make sense.

  • ccs1920 Oct 22, 2010

    MrGup2/ You're right and it's because 99% of NC officers follow the proper rules of engagement.

  • ncmickey Oct 22, 2010

    How about the dash cam footage? If she really reached for something, it'll be on the cam. If she did, I understand the officers reactions. Hopefully she lives to tell her side of it.

    Still, The police are suppose to protect and serve us. Which means protecting the citizens before themselves. Thats their job. We pay them to do it. Thats the risk they get paid for. So when the cops shoot an unarmed person, we have every right to question why this happened. To doubt the officer. Remember the poor guy in NYC who didnt speak english reached for his wallet and got shot 41 times? Law enforsement shouldnt get a free pass, us citizens wouldnt. We would be in jail. The officers didnt even get the day off....

  • john26 Oct 22, 2010

    I think the need for fostering debate amongst the people should be left out of situations like this. The whole point of an investigation is to measure the incident, the responses, the stimuli, etc.

    But bashing the lady, bashing the cops involved. Have we sunk that low? I mean, you guys watch enough CSI and Law and Order that I know you are experts on everything criminal and legal at this point, but could the truth be very mundane and non-conspiratorial.

    What if this was a woman who was off her meds, trying to get away from another bad husband, and it was just a cop doing their job who didn't know what was making for the craziness?

    Wow, boring and sad and tragic for all involved. But, who wants to think of that right? Gotta be a crazy mom and a corrupt cop.

  • working for deadbeats Oct 22, 2010

    Turn off your CSI's, The Shield, and the other lame cops shows on TV. They aren't even close to reality, but they still seem to teach you all so much.

    For as much as cops are hated, I don't know why every other show is some kind of cop or detective show.

  • sabol100 Oct 22, 2010

    MrGup2??? What is your problem? Ah, you don't like law enforcemnt. What happened? Did you get a DUI? Possession? Beat your wife or kids? I am sure whatever it was it wasn't really your fault...probably a bad childhood or something...