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Wake deputies greeted with gunfire while serving warrant

Posted May 3

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Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said his deputies were greeted with gunfire Tuesday morning when they tried to serve a warrant at a home on Old Watkins Road.

"As we came in the yard, a gentleman came out and started firing shots," Harrison said.

Master Deputy Stephen Brooks was hit, likely by debris kicked up by the shots, Harrison said. Brooks, who has worked for the sheriff's office for 16 years, was taken to the hospital to be looked at but is expected to recover.

Harrison said three of his deputies returned fire, and the alleged shooter, Collin Stewart Price, 21, briefly barricaded himself inside the house. He came out moments later with his hands up and surrendered.

Price was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Harrison said Tuesday's shooting is the latest example of what law enforcement officers risk to protect and serve.

"It really concerns me because these guys are doing this to protect the citizens of this county and this state, and they need that respect," he said.


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  • Reggie Berryman May 3, 10:47 p.m.
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    I understand Sheila,but why not place an unmarked car on the street and wait for the the guy to come out...It seems a lot safer to me, especially when you consider every lunatic has a gun!

  • Janet Ghumri May 3, 9:51 p.m.
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    Same thing I was thinking, Mark Cooper.
    LEO do have a dangerous job, and no one is expecting a kid gloves treatment when the job needs to be done, however, having well trained officers who rely on alternate options for different situations is imperative. Something as simple as verification of address, and proper treatment of the accused could be the difference in life and death. The current climate of officers shooting unarmed citizens is raising the level of fear of any interactions with LEO.

    I hope the officer makes a full recovery.

  • Mark Cooper May 3, 4:49 p.m.
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    What is a shame is the guy that shot at the LEO's was taken alive but John Livingston who did not shot at anyone and there was no warrant had to die... Just does not seem right, This is very 10,000 foot view but still it makes one think about how each situation was handled to have such extremely diff out comes for the guy without the gun.

  • Sheila Rohrbach May 3, 4:31 p.m.
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    having a son retired from the sheriff's dept. sometimes that is the only time you find these guys at a location for very long. 3am is the wide awake time for many and sleep all day. they don't live the lives that most of us do Reggie.

  • Reggie Berryman May 3, 1:27 p.m.
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    Serving a search warrant at 3 AM isn't very bright

  • Jim Halbert May 3, 9:13 a.m.
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    "Two people in the house were taken in for questioning."

    Question 1: so uhhhhh, WHY WERE YOU SHOOTING AT US?