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RPD report confirms officer was shot while answering break-in call

Posted December 7, 2016

The Raleigh Police Department’s report on an incident in which an officer was shot on Nov. 30 confirms that three officers, who responded to a reported break-in, fired on a man after he charged them with a knife.

Both the man, Chijioke Kennedy Madueke, and Officer C.N. Chandler, were injured.

Master Officer T.A. Duford, Master Officer R.D. Vanhouten and First Class Officer C.N. Chandler were first to arrive at the scene. According to the 911 call, Madueke had been evicted from his apartment at 1230 University Court Apartment 202, earlier that day. He had returned, broken in and remained inside, police said.

When officers arrived, Madueke’s sister led them the apartment. She said he was inside his old bedroom and confirmed he had broken into his apartment.

The officers asked Madueke to come out of his bedroom and speak with them. He opened the door slightly, while keeping one hand concealed inside his jacket pocket. He refused to come out of the room, and pulled a wood-handled knife with a 3 to 4-inch blade from his pocket, according to the report.

Duford immediately backed up and drew a gun, telling Madueke to drop the knife. The other two officers drew their weapons, and the suspect went back into the bedroom. He then rushed out of the bedroom toward Duford and Chandler with the knife. All three officers fired. Madueke and Chandler were shot during the gunfire, according to the report.

Chandler was struck in the stomach, but the bullet was blocked by his ballistic vest. Officers performed first aid on Madueke until an ambulance arrived. He was hit in the arm, leg and torso.

Both men were transported to the hospital. Chandler was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, and Madueke remains in the hospital in stable condition.

None of the officers were equipped with body cameras, but video of the incident does exist and will be reviewed, police said.

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  • Steve Moore Dec 7, 5:29 p.m.
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    So Officer Chandler was shot by "friendly" fire ? Sounds like these guys need some intensive firearm instruction.