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Man shot by officers in Rocky Mount had been subject of two Silver Alerts

Posted February 4, 2021 5:56 p.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2021 6:20 p.m. EST

— The man shot during an attempted arrest Tuesday night in Rocky Mount had been the subject of two Silver Alerts, calling into question his understanding of the situation that left him injured.

A Silver Alert is issued when a missing person may be at risk because of dementia or some other cognitive impairment. It was not immediately clear how Juan Manuel Cruz Jr., 32, fit that category.

Cruz was shot as Rocky Mount officers Hunter Brown, 23, and Damian Whitaker, 28, tried to put him under arrest after North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported a man had run from a traffic stop in the area of Fenner and Jeffreys roads. He was listed in critical condition on Wednesday.

Rocky Mount Chief of Police George Robinson did not answer when asked how Cruz came to be shot or whether it was his officers that fired a weapon. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident, common practice when law enforcement officers are involved in a shooting. Brown and Whitaker are on administrative duty while that investigation plays out.

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