RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The 26-year-old man who was shot in the abdomen by a Raleigh police officer during a foot chase on March 10 now has a mugshot.
Javier Torres was shot once by Officer J.E. Byrd on a foot path at the end of North Rogers Lane near Duckling Way, police said.
Torres was being treated at WakeMed following the shooting where he was listed in stable condition.
Police responded to the 1000 block of North Rogers Lane, which is just off of New Bern Avenue, after a person called 911 to report a man with a gun. Torres ran once police arrived.
The officer chasing him on foot repeatedly ordered him to drop his gun. Torres reached a dead end on Rogers Farm Drive and dropped the pizza box. The officer saw “his right hand reach across the front of his body,” the report said.
The officer then saw the gun in Torres’ hand and he entered a foot path at the dead end. Officer J.E. Byrd responded to Duckling Way at the end of the foot path. He had heard on police radio the other officer commanding Torres to drop his gun, so Byrd drew his weapon. Torres was about 10 to 15 feet away from Byrd when he exited the pathway.
Byrd, who had his weapon drawn, fired one shot, hitting Torres in the abdomen, the report said.
Officers recovered Torres’ gun. The 9mm semi-automatic handgun had an extended magazine and “an obliterated serial number,” the report said.
“It should be noted that a false narrative quickly began to spread on social media based on misinformation at the scene of the incident. The only officer involved shooting that occurred on March 10, 2020 is described above,” the report read. “The Police Department has made every effort to be as transparent as possible about this incident from the very beginning. This includes releasing all relevant radio traffic and 911 calls as well as the dash and body camera footage of the incident.”
Torres is charged with altering or removing a gun’s serial number; going armed to the terror of the public; and resisting, delaying, and obstructing.