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3 Charged in Raleigh Police Shooting

Posted April 6, 2008 7:28 a.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2008 7:14 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police said they plan to charge three people after a traffic stop ended in a shooting Friday afternoon.

Michael Lewis White, 20, will be charged with attempted murder for his role in the confrontation with Officer G. Greenwood, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh police.

White will also face charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, going armed to the terror of the public and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Officers plan to charge White once he is released from WakeMed, where he has undergone surgery for non-life-threatening injuries.

White was a passenger in a sport-utility vehicle that Officers R.L. Boyce and Greenwood stopped after seeing someone throw litter out the window.

Greenwood chased White when he ran into the Schenley Square mobile home park, police said. Investigators said multiple shots were fired, and White carried a handgun.

The driver of the SUV, Bobby Latiff Wright, 27, faces charges of speeding to elude arrest, driving with a revoked license, careless and reckless driving, littering and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Officers took Wright to the Wake County jail Saturday morning, Sughrue said. Wright had been treated at WakeMed for medical issues unrelated to the shooting.

Police said Wright sped away from officers when they tried to pull him over on Crosslink Drive. He stopped the SUV on Schenley Drive, near Swing Court, and did not attempt to run.

A third occupant of the SUV, Zonte Antonio Jones, 16, has been charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and a probation violation. Sughrue said he was taken to Wake County jail Friday night. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Investigators said Jones tried to run from the SUV but officers apprehended him at the scene.

Police released a fourth occupant of the SUV who did not try to flee. That person will not face charges, Sughrue said.

White had been in the Wake County jail only days before the shooting, officials said. He was arrested March 29 for second-degree trespassing charges and released on March 31.

Greenwood was not injured in the incident and has been placed on administrative duty, following standard procedure. He has been with the Raleigh Police Department since October 2003 and is assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit are reviewing the incident.