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Franklinton Chief: Targeting law enforcement officers is unacceptable

Posted September 10, 2015

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— The Franklinton Police Department is a small department of about nine officers, so Police Chief John Green, Jr. never expected a drive-by shooting where one of his officers seemed to be the target.

Lt. Reggie Norfleet was the apparent victim in a drive-by shooting that occurred just outside his home Sunday morning. Norfleet was in the process of gathering gear to go fishing at about 4:30 a.m. when he heard gunshots outside, Green said.

"We did find shell casings. There was a 380 caliber round that was shot inside of his house, actually we found two bullet holes," Green said. "He said he heard anywhere from two to three shots."

After hearing the shots, Norfleet went outside to investigate and discovered that one of the bullets had entered the home and penetrated the couch in his living room.

Norfleet drives an unmarked vehicle, but his address is no secret. Green said that Norfleet's wife and children were home during the shooting, but were not injured.

"That's what's so disturbing. We're used to being the target, but not our families," Green said. "By attacking the house, you attack our families."

The Franklinton incident comes as law enforcement officers across the country seem to be under attack. A deputy was gunned down in Houston, a police officer was shot and killed in Illinois, and in Las Vegas, officers were ambushed at a traffic light, resulting in injuries.

Green is now warning officers to watch their back.

"Be extra cautious, don't rush to calls anymore, watch your surroundings, don't take calls as routine anymore," Green said.

Green echoed what police chiefs have been saying across the country- targeting law enforcement officers is unacceptable.

He said that, at this point, investigators have a small lead in the drive-by shooting but he's asking for help from the public to help find the person responsible.

Green said that Norfleet received an evaluation earlier this week and is already back on patrol.


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  • Tyrone Bigg Sep 11, 2015
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    You would think this is common sense but unfortunately some people need to hear it.

  • Jim Hinnant Sep 11, 2015
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    This would actually be news if the Chief said "acceptable." Otherwise it's just telling us what we know.

  • Tyrone Bigg Sep 11, 2015
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    THANK YOU to the 99.99% of respectable and brave LEOs out there who are willing to put their lives on the line everyday to protect and serve their communities.

    There's not a full-blown war on police officers yet but we're certainly heading that way thanks to the media who has driven a major divide in this country.

    I agree with the previous poster that, if apprehended, they need to lock this guy away for 25 years. Scum.

  • George Orwell Sep 11, 2015
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    Our justice system is based on respect for the law. There is no way LEOs can be everywhere all the time. Anyone who would attack a LEO is one of the greatest threats to society and should be captured and immediately placed into a body bag.

    By the way, the biggest threat to a black man in this country is another black man with a gun. That is the number one cause of black deaths, not cops.

  • Dennis Strickland Sep 11, 2015
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    So? He didn say whitepolie officer. He said police. The vast majority of violence in this area is committed by AA's and hispanic. But do you ignore that fact?

  • Susan West Sep 11, 2015
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    Lt. Reggie Norfleet is African American. Targeting a police officer is deplorable, let's not make it something it isn't. Racial tensions are already bad enough.

  • Rob Green Sep 11, 2015
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    No, no it shouldn't .