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Raleigh police release initial report in Motel 6 shooting

Two Raleigh police officers shot at a woman six times, thinking she had a gun and after repeated threats she made on their lives, according to a preliminary police report released Wednesday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh police released a preliminary report Wednesday detailing a shooting in which two officers fired six shots at a woman they thought was going to shoot them.

Officers Diana Painter, Charles Matthews II and Philip D. Matthews were responding to a 911 report last Thursday of a woman causing a disturbance at a Motel 6 on Maitland Drive.

According to the report, which was given to Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen, Painter was met by Emmerli Latrice Wilcoxson, waving her arms and screaming, “You’re going to die tonight. I’m going to kill you.”

Wilcoxson then reached her right hand down to her left ankle as if she were retrieving something and then ran toward Painter with her right hand cocked back beside her right ear, the report stated.

After repeated commands for Wilcoxson to stop, Painter fired five times, striking Wilcoxson multiple times.

Philip Matthews, thinking his life was in danger, then fired one shot at Wilcoxson when she started running toward him, causing her to fall to the ground.

According to the report, Wilcoxson was conscious after the shooting and kept screaming at the officers.

“While she was sitting on the ground, she raised an empty hand, made the shape of a gun and pointed it at Officer P.D. Matthews, repeatedly made a shooting gesture and began to laugh,” the report states.

Wilcoxson was being treated Wednesday at WakeMed in Raleigh, where she was listed in good condition, according to the hospital.

Both officers are on administrative duty pending a criminal and administrative investigation, the report states.

A Motel 6 clerk called 911 around 4 a.m. Thursday morning about a woman acting hysterical in the parking lot.

“There is some crazy lady out front here,” the caller said. “She’s screaming and hollering, and I don’t know what’s going on.”

Wilcoxson, thought to be from Clayton County, Ga., had been a guest of the Motel 6, Police Chief Harry Dolan said, saying she checked in the night of Oct. 20 with a young child, who was found unharmed in a motel room.

Another motel guest said the woman had been staying at the motel earlier in the week but that she had a fight with her boyfriend. She left and then returned on Oct. 20.

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