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Raleigh officers cleared in shooting at Motel 6

Posted January 21, 2011

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— Two Raleigh police officers who fired on a woman outside a Maitland Drive Motel 6 in October have returned to active duty, spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Officers Diana Painter and Philip D. Matthews fired six shots at the woman, Emmerli Latrice Wilcoxson, who was waving her arms and screaming, “You’re going to die tonight. I’m going to kill you.”

According to the internal report on the incident, Wilcoxson then reached her right hand down to her left ankle as if she were retrieving something and then ran toward Painter with her right hand cocked back beside her right ear.

After repeated commands for Wilcoxson to stop, Painter fired five times, striking Wilcoxson multiple times.

Matthews, thinking his life was in danger, then fired one shot at Wilcoxson when she started running toward him, causing her to fall to the ground.

According to the report, Wilcoxson was conscious after the shooting and kept screaming at the officers.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby reviewed a report from the State Bureau of Investigation and determined that the officers' actions did not warrant further criminal investigation or prosecution.

A Motel 6 clerk called 911 around 4 a.m. on Oct. 21 about a woman acting hysterical in the parking lot.

“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.”

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  • imsirius Jan 24, 2011

    Who didn't see this coming? RPD need much better training if it takes 6 shots to stop a small woman from running at you. Why is it we hardly ever hear of police wounding someone? They always shoot to kill, even when it is unnecessary.

  • calynn Jan 24, 2011

    If that was a citizen with a CHP it would be a totally different story... with the CHP holder charged and sitting in jail.