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Police: Hope Mills officer shoots bat-wielding man

Posted October 26, 2014 12:03 p.m. EDT
Updated October 27, 2014 1:23 p.m. EDT

— A Hope Mills police officer shot a man who attacked him with a metal bat during a traffic stop Sunday, according to police.

Police say Officer Luis Munoz stopped a black SUV on Pinewood Drive off Legion Road around 8:45 a.m. The driver, Marcel Damiano Campbell, 31, then "became combative" and attempted to hit Munoz with a bat, according to police.

During the struggle, Munoz used his Taser, but it had no effect. Campbell then charged at the officer with the bat. Munoz drew his gun and ordered Campbell to stop, but he refused, police said. Munoz then shot him, and Campbell ran to his vehicle and fled the scene.

Officers arrested him a short time later at a dead-end portion of Pinewood Drive. Campbell is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and no operator's license. He remained in the Cumberland County jail Sunday night under a $15,000 bond.

Campbell, whose last known address was on Allgood Avenue, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and driving without a license.

Munoz, who has been with the police department since 2011, was not injured in the struggle.

The incident startled neighbors in what they said is an otherwise quiet area.

"If this happens again or within the next year or so, it may be time to start looking around," said Leland Matheney, who lives on Pinewood Drive. "I think you're crazy if you're charging after a policeman."

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating, which is standard in an officer-involved shooting.