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Raleigh police officer wounded in shooting

Posted May 29, 2014

— 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.



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  • Sean Coates May 29, 2014
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    This officer should be fired!!! He is dangerous not only to himself, but to public as well.

  • Billy the Kid May 29, 2014

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    I don't think they receive any firearms training. You should bring that idea up to training and standards.

  • Coach K is still GREAT May 29, 2014

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    And maybe if in other countries the "good guys'" were to have guns, then the "bad guys" wouldn't always be the one shooting...

  • Fred Kozlof May 29, 2014
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    sounds like an embarrassing day for the RPD, and Barney wasn't even there!
    Amazing how it took half a day, for the truth to come out. Bet they were wishing for 'never'.

  • UpChuck May 29, 2014

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    Now that's funny.

  • Cabe Merritt May 29, 2014
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    They should train cops how to aim a little better.

  • clintoflannagan May 29, 2014

    This sounds to me like an accidental discharge by one officer that hit the other officer.

  • disgusted2010 May 29, 2014

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    Exaggerate much?

  • heard-it-all-before May 29, 2014

    "Personally I think that WRAL's writers and editors can take some lessons from their counterparts at WTVD when it comes to clarity."

    just look at all the Associated Press articles WRAL copies and pastes to us and it will make perfect sense

  • UpChuck May 29, 2014

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    Prove it with a link.