NC deputy shot at Raleigh apartment complex, suspect in custody

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 4:02 PM EDT
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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WCSC/WNCN/AP) - A North Carolina deputy was wounded Wednesday morning while trying to serve an eviction notice.

Wake County Sheriff’s spokesman Eric Curry told WNCN-TV the shooting happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the River Birch Apartments.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown identified the suspect as 32-year-old Eddie Craig at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker told reporters Sgt. Ronald Waller, a veteran officer with more than 20 years service was wounded twice.

Baker said deputies knocked on the suspect’s door but there was no answer. They checked a few other places nearby before returning to Craig’s door. Baker said the door opened partially and when the deputies identified themselves, Craig tried to close the door and then gunfire erupted.

The deputy was taken to WakeMed hospital and was in surgery at 11:30 a.m. Baker said the deputy was wounded in the right waist area, but it was not immediately clear whether he was shot once or twice.

The sheriff became emotional as he talked about the incident and thanked EMS workers who cared for his officer.

“They were there,” he said, choking back tears. “These things make me angry. But they got our officer out of there.”

Baker said serving civil processes can be one of the most dangerous jobs you will find in law enforcement.

Baker said the officer was in uniform and had identified himself as a deputy before the shots were fired, adding there was “no question” the suspect knew he was firing at an officer. Baker said the weapon used was an assault rifle.

“People suffer from a lot of different things, and you never know what’s going to be on the other side of that door when it opens,” he said. “So it shows just how serious this job is.”

Baker said the suspect subsequently surrendered without incident.

As of 1 p.m., the officer remained in surgery, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

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