This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
  • cynicaljill Dec 21, 2012

    Obviously Raynor has gone to the police academy
    You people dont remember that cops are normal,average people, they are not Gods, so dont expect them to have strength like one
    I personally have been through the academy and know officers are taught how to handle themselves, but you werent there so you dont know exactly it happened

  • hp277 Dec 21, 2012

    People actually believe this defense attorney? Seriously? HAHAHA

    It's the word of an experienced police officer vs someone with "a larceny conviction and several drug-related charges over the past few years."

    Was the cop a Barney Fife who couldn't get his gun out? Was he struggling with himself? Why did Riley run instead of helping the wounded officer, or at least hang around for EMS?

  • ThaTruth4 Dec 21, 2012

    I see this Officer is gonna get off, due to the suspect's "already" criminal history. FYI, I know ppl that's had 2 prove DCPD 2 be wrong (& they DID), so even an Officer's credibility is questionable 2 me. THIS IS "MY" OPINION btw.

  • ThaTruth4 Dec 21, 2012

    To all of u that is saying the Officer did NOT make this up... yea right. I said last night, this story sounded fishy...& still does. Im glad he's ok, but come on, how u LET some1 get n contact with YOUR gun & badge...come on ppl. I don't think the suspect did that. I think the Officer was def involved n this somehow.

  • tab580642 Dec 20, 2012

    To hp277, I guess in your mind it's totally implausible that a police officer is capable of shooting himself accidentally? And if he did do you think for one minute he would say that he did? Of course this criminal should be held accountable for his actions, but we don't know all of the facts and counting on all police officers to be totally honest all the time is almost as bad as believing that someone who is accused of a crime is guilty! Let the accused go done for what he actually did all while keeping in mind that police officers are human and capable of not telling the truth too.

  • beaulahjackson4 Dec 20, 2012

    Cops should not be able to carry guns while not in uniform.
    Marty King
    Actually, some municipalities in certain states require an officer off duty to always carry. As in a case where an off duty officer is standing in line at a bank and someone comes in to rob it...the officer is expected to contain the situation if at all possible. Not certain about NC but I know this to be true in other states.

  • gr8212 Dec 20, 2012

    What an idiotic uninformed news report by WRAL. Get your facts straight and stop bashing police officers as you always do. FYI, there are such undercover officers such as this officer. Not all were uniforms but all do carry a badge, id and a gun like this one. Whether or not the officer shot himself during the struggle with this fine citizen of Durham or not is a moot point, you don't fight the police. BTW Grandma of bad guy, your innocent son has been arrested numerous times, its public information go look. I guess innocent people steal a police badge and gun too?? Just shut up!

  • hp277 Dec 20, 2012

    "Stewart injured himself with his own gun, the attorney said."

    Wow. I watch a good bit of TV, and that might be one of the most original and creative arguments I have ever heard from a defense attorney.

    It's absurd, but credit is due for originality.

  • Bullcity34 Dec 20, 2012

    That's right WRAL good journalism. This liberal agenda you post is just what is wrong with this country. The criminal is always innocent. This headline looks like you are already 0saying the officer shot himself. He was doing his job and a convicted felon who obviously was doing something he shouldn't have and shot an officer who is doing his public duty to protect you so you can post this liberal "cops are the enemy" bologne. I pray for our countries future, this is pathetic.

  • dare107 Dec 20, 2012

    NCFireman, You need to worry about putting water on the fire and not trying police work! Police are proactive, not reactive you can't always wait for back up. Being a public servant you should know better than to comment on things you don't have a clue about. Go take and nap and watch somemore TV!

  • maewyn2 Dec 20, 2012

    if your in plain clothes... when you get out and I see it... im gone.... blue light bandit in harnett county

  • anonemoose Dec 19, 2012



  • ncfireman6021 Dec 19, 2012

    the officer should have gotten back up esp in that neighborhood. sedgefield street is next to forrest. sedgefield st is bad

  • ncfireman6021 Dec 19, 2012

    give the officer and suspect both a lie detector test. that would help everyone

  • RTPMedic Dec 19, 2012

    "Making a traffic stop when not in uniform without backup seems like this officer made some bad decisions to me. And I support our police!"

    Then you should learn their duties and practices. This type of traffic stop is not an uncommon thing, nor is it a a 'bad decision'.

  • whatdidusay Dec 19, 2012

    Look out,looks like a case for the Barber

  • piene2 Dec 19, 2012

    I went to school with both of them... It isn't the same person - they are twin brothers. RealStory"

    What a wonderful family. I can not wait to begin reading about their children.

  • justthetrashman Dec 19, 2012

    Sometimes it better to remain silent and appear stupid than to open your mouth (or type words) and remove all doubt.

  • TITAN4X4 Dec 19, 2012

    Lets see here! The officer made a traffic stop, shot himself in the leg, then was still able to dispose of his pistol and badge where they can't be found, then return to the original traffic stop. That officer deserves recognition for pulling off that feat.

    I hope the officer recovers quiickly. I can't wait to hear his side of the events!

  • Nancy Dec 19, 2012

    " Making a traffic stop when not in uniform without backup seems like this officer made some bad decisions to me."

    It happened in broad daylight.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 19, 2012

    I don't think it'll hold water, but ya never know with some Judges.

  • djofraleigh Dec 19, 2012

    If the driving of a man is so bad, and had the officer in his squad car NOT done something, and something had happened from the arrested man's bad driving, then imagine the LEO being grilled for that. The LEO was doing his job because they are always an LEO, on duty or not, and can move into action when needed.

  • djofraleigh Dec 19, 2012

    Embarrassing for the LEO to lose badge and weapon, but I believe he used his squad car to stop the guy for a reason, and good reason. The arrested man has nothing in his history that makes me want to think he was a victim here.

    If the officer had to fight with the man, it was the man's fault and if the officer was shot in his leg by his own action while struggling with the arrested man, then the man is still at fault.

  • jackcdneh1017 Dec 19, 2012

    Bad decision by LEO? How about getting shot by your own gun, losing it to a thief and losing your badge. There have been plenty of " blue light stops" in this area with officer impersonators. Making a traffic stop when not in uniform without backup seems like this officer made some bad decisions to me. And I support our police!

  • Marty King Dec 19, 2012

    Cops should not be able to carry guns while not in uniform.

  • JMackneil Dec 19, 2012

    People have a right to be cynical when it comes the action of the police..unfortunately. When it comes to Durham, NOT particularly this situation, you never say that you've seen it all. This is what a court of law is for. Durham's problem is charging someone with probable cause and then never following through. They don't care..they've "done" their job.
    @Mercy..the you would be surprised at what the dept. will do to their officers.
    Anyone remember the chief getting "shot at", he never attempted to chase them, and 2 people sat in jail for 2 years without being convicted and the chief couldnt positively ID them???Wow.
    The officer was doing his job, he is not to blame. When you hand it over to the city, then you have the problem. Sad-it can happen to you!

  • wral suks bauls Dec 19, 2012

    I went to school with both of them... It isn't the same person - they are twin brothers. Im assuming the car has audio/video equip... so I doubt he just made up the story

  • Lamborghini Mercy Dec 19, 2012

    cantstandgoloanymore - Where is the information confirmed? Have read this article, the one on WTVD and the one in the News and Observer. None have said anything about twins.

    Why would any article mention them as twins when they both had completely separate incidences? And do you really think Durham Police department would allow any news station to post inaccurate information regarding one of their own police officers?

  • TheDude abides... Dec 19, 2012

    If we had tighter gun-control laws this would have never have happend

  • doggypoos Dec 19, 2012

    So funny how these parents stand by their children saying that's not my grandson at all and it's in gods hands now with all the past convictions that they both have. Whether this cop shot himself or not these two were responsible in the act plus his gun and items are still missing. Lock em up and throw away the key.

  • gvmntcheese Dec 19, 2012

    Uh oh... Looks like the Durham DA has been handed a hum-dinger of a case. This stinks to high orchards! Hopefully, justice will prevail and innocent lives do not have to pay for what looks to be some bad decision making by an LEO.

  • takeabathgreg Dec 19, 2012

    far be it from the officer to not tell the truth as to what happened especially if it would paint him in some sort of screwed up light

  • whatelseisnew Dec 19, 2012

    So wonder where the truth lies.

  • beaulahjackson4 Dec 19, 2012

    I am with Barfly on this! Where is the concern for the officer? Do you honestly think it's truly likely that an LEO shot himself, then lost his gun, and his badge? You may as well assume he lost one of his personal private parts. An LEO thinks a lot more of his gun and badge than that. If the officer DID actually shoot himself why did the suspect run? Why didn't he stay and call 911 and say "an officer just pulled me over on a traffic stop and he some how shot himself...please help". More likely there was a struggle for the gun and the LEO foolishly unsnapped his sidearm before approaching the car. NEVER DO THAT! I pray the officer has a full recovery and that they find his gun and badge and neither are used to commit another crime.

  • GETOUT Dec 19, 2012

    Dbdevils, if you happen to know both of them and you know they are twins then that would make a difference huh!?!? Everything isnt a cover up or conspiracy! Myself along with several others on here have mentioned they are twins an brothers.

  • Nunya123 Dec 19, 2012

    Where is the information confirmed? Have read this article, the one on WTVD and the one in the News and Observer. None have said anything about twins.

  • beaulahjackson4 Dec 19, 2012

    Where's the outrage over this attempt to murder a Durham police officer? Nothing but denials, delusions, and excuses.


  • emprezzinez Dec 19, 2012

    this sounds like a joke...

  • snakeman65 Dec 19, 2012

    Twin brothers:

  • buford Dec 19, 2012

    ok, this is from a comment on the other story about the "so called" twin brother...interesting...maybe the picture attached to that story was this guy and they happen to have the same last name...

    "Another opinion of my own is that the picture that is attached with this story looks nothing like the normal Officer Stewart I know. I think this story should be investigated more furhter in details."

  • SomeRandomGuy Dec 19, 2012

    Why wasnt the officer in uniform? His gun AND badge are missing? Did the suspect take them?

  • buford Dec 19, 2012

    This guy is a little darker and has two bumps on his forehead...other than that, they look exactly alike...

  • OleNCNative Dec 19, 2012

    Sounds like that's the argument they're going to use during trial. I don't buy it.

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Dec 19, 2012

    "Dude, they are twin brothers and the info was confirmed. Two different people, two different stories."

    Link to confirmation?

  • cavewoman192003 Dec 19, 2012

    Supposedly stolen weapon, yeah right, after he stated that the guy shot him, yet he shot himself. hmmmm

  • aetius476 Dec 19, 2012

    This officer lost his gun and his badge during a traffic stop? Was the man not trained? What is up with that....

  • busyb97 Dec 19, 2012

    What a ridiculous defense...guess it's the best he could come up with. Uh, son, then how do you explain that your hand was on the officer or his gun in the first place?! There should never have BEEN a struggle. You're still up a creek without the paddle.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 19, 2012

    O NOT MY baby.....yea, ok...he was caught stealing multiple times, with drugs on multiple occasions over the past few years...but he "didn't mean it"....duuuuuuuuuhhhhh....!!!!

  • Cotton333 Dec 19, 2012

    The two officers are twins.

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Dec 19, 2012

    "BigDog, its obviously his twin brother different names! Wow! You post a link and haven't even read it! Reading is fundamental!"

    I think he did a fine job of reading the articles. Our point here is that there is a lack of information regarding the identity of the alleged Officer. Lots of holes in the reporting.

    Having a leg to stand on in an argument is fundamental as well!

Oldest First