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Radio traffic: Woman shot multiple times by Raleigh police

Posted October 23, 2010 12:02 p.m. EDT
Updated October 23, 2010 2:42 p.m. EDT

— A woman was shot multiple times during a confrontation with Raleigh police officers outside a motel Wednesday, according to police radio traffic recordings released Saturday.

Emmerli Latrice Wilcoxson, 37, was shot outside the Motel 6 on Maitland Drive early Thursday morning by three police officers responding to a 911 call by a clerk.

An emergency dispatchers told officers they were responding to a call of an "unknown nature" about a woman dressed in a bathrobe screaming outside the motel.

Police Chief Harry Dolan said Thursday that Wilcoxson appeared to be highly disturbed, and she confronted the officers in the street, threatened the life of one of them and charged toward them. Officers responded with multiple gunshots. Investigators later determined that Wilcoxson was unarmed.

After the shooting, officers called for EMS workers and said that a woman had been shot "multiple times" but was conscious and breathing.

Wilcoxson, though to be from Clayton County, Ga., was listed in serious condition at WakeMed Saturday afternoon.

Wilcoxson had checked into the Motel 6 Wednesday night with an infant, who was found unharmed in a motel room. Another guest said Friday that the woman had been staying at the motel earlier in the week but that she had a fight with her boyfriend. She left and returned Wednesday.

The officers involved in the shooting – Charles Matthews II, Philip D. Matthews and Diana Painter – were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation and the police department’s Internal Affairs Unit. The move is standard procedure when an officer shoots someone.