Littering Case Ends in Shooting
Posted April 4, 2008 3:51 p.m. EDT
Updated April 4, 2008 11:05 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A traffic stop for littering led to a Friday afternoon shooting involving a Raleigh police officer, police said.
Officers R.L. Boyce and B. Greenwood were on patrol shortly after 2 p.m. when they saw litter being thrown from a sport utility vehicle on Crosslink Road, police said. The officers stopped the vehicle on Schenley Drive near Swing Court.
One of four men in the SUV tried to run from the scene, and Greenwood pursued him into the Schenley Square mobile home park, police said. The man was armed with a handgun, police said.
Multiple shots were fired, and a man identified as Michael Lewis White, 20, was wounded, police said. He was taken to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, and his aunt said late Friday that he was undergoing surgery.
Greenwood wasn't injured in the incident.
"I was in the house, and I heard some gunshots, about three or four gunshots," neighbor Sherman Avery said. "Somebody was shooting at somebody and was going to get caught. I figured they were going to get caught because there were too many policemen out here for them not to get caught."
One woman, who asked not to be identified, said she saw Greenwood pointing his gun at a man on the ground.
"I saw a young man with dreadlocks on the ground with the gun drawn on him (and) with his gun – I'm assuming it was his gun – on the ground beside him," the woman said.
Police didn't say whether Greenwood was fired upon, but they said the suspect's handgun was recovered.
A second occupant of the SUV, identified as Zonte Antonio Jones, 16, tried to flee but was apprehended by other officers responding to the scene, police said. Two other men remained in the SUV, but one was taken to WakeMed for medical treatment that police said wasn't linked to the shooting.
The names of the other two men weren't released Friday night.
The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to review the shooting, and their findings will be forwarded to the Wake County District Attorney's Office, police said. The Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit also will review the incident.
Greenwood was placed on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigations. He has been with the Raleigh Police Department since October 2003 and is assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit.
An officer responding to the shooting was involved in a wreck at the intersection of Falls of Neuse Road and Bland Road, police said. The driver of the other vehicle, Jason Do, 21, was cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, according to a police report.
Do was taken to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The officer, T.L. Hairston, wasn't injured in the wreck.