Wake deputy shoots man during drug raid
Posted November 14, 2009
Updated November 15, 2009
WILLOW SPRING, N.C. — A Wake County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a man Saturday afternoon during a search of a Willow Spring home that authorities suspected was being used as a meth lab.
Officers with Wake County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team and State Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant for drugs, drug paraphernalia and a meth lab at the home at 1913 Buck Rowland Road around 3:15 p.m., according to spokesman Phyllis Stephens.
When officers entered the residence, James Robert Crumpler confronted them, and SRT officer Scott Earp shot Crumpler, Stephens said.
Crumpler was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from WakeMed.
Wake County jail officials said Crumpler was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling place or motor vehicle for a contraband substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Crumpler posted a $5,000 bond and was released around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, jail officials said.
The SBI is investigating the shooting, and Earp has been placed on administrative leave with pay, following standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings in North Carolina.
Stephens said that Earp has worked for the sheriff’s office for 11 years and been on the SRT since July 2008.