Raleigh police officer wounded in shooting
Posted May 29, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh police officer was shot in the leg early Thursday at a north Raleigh apartment complex.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said officer K. J. Barefoot, 31, was hit in his left hip sometime after 2 a.m. while he and another officer, Sgt. J. D. Malzahn, were responding to a domestic disturbance call about a man with a gun at Meridian at Wakefield apartments.
"Preliminary investigative information indicates that one of the officers at the scene discharged his duty weapon during the encounter with the subject at the apartment," Sughrue said in a news release. "A second officer at the scene sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg."
Renn Williamson, who lives in the apartment complex, heard the gunshot and went to see what happened.
"I saw an officer being held up by another officer and the officer down on the ground," said Williamson, who shot cell phone video of Barefoot being helped into an ambulance. "My mind was racing. I had no idea where the shooter was, who had shot him."
Malzahn, Sughrue said, was the officer who fired his gun, but he did not say he shot Barefoot.
Barefoot, who joined the police department in 2012, was taken to WakeMed and later released.
No one else was injured.
At the time of the shooting, Barefoot and Malzahn, 40 – who joined the police force in 2009 – were following up on a report in which someone called 911 about an agitated neighbor who was drunk and waving a gun in the street.
In that case, police arrested Joshua Daniel Timberlake, 28, of 12200-102 Colbert Creek Loop, Raleigh, on a charge of assault on a female. He was jailed Thursday without bond pending a court appearance Friday.