HENDERSON, N.C. (WNCN) — The District Attorney and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations have been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night that injured one person.
Around 8 p.m., Henderson officers engaged with a person that possessed outstanding warrants in the 1400 block of East Andrews Avenue, police said.
The person brandished a weapon in the officers’ direction.
That’s when one of the officers fired a single shot, striking the person in the abdomen, according to police.
The person initially fled on foot and ran across South Andrews Avenue, but was quickly detained and given medical assistance for their injury. The person was then transported by ambulance to an area medical center for further care.
William Bullock was laying in bed when he said heard loud noises outside. When he went outside to see what was happening, he said found the man who was shot laying in his driveway.
“A guy come and fell right down there, and he was hollering hollering, you done shot me, you done shot me, then saw two cops come running across behind him,” Bullock said.
Zachary Lindahl saw the flashing lights from his home. He said there were about 12 cop cars.
“It was more confusion than anything, it’s not often that you see that large of a police presence in the area,” Lindahl said.
“We’ve been taught early in our childhood that law enforcement are here to help us,” said Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington. “For anyone to pull a firearm on an officer of the law is blatant disrespect and sadly a sign of the times that we live in. These men and women put their lives on the line for us each and every day.”
The Henderson Police Department has not released the name of the officer involved or the person who was shot. CBS 17 has reached out to the police department for that information and is waiting to hear back.