Police block streets in north Raleigh as Wake County deputies respond, officials say

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh police blocked off streets while Wake County deputies responded to a scene in tactical gear late Friday morning in north Raleigh.

The incident, which was later revealed to be an eviction, was underway as early as 11:40 a.m. in the Windsor Ridge neighborhood. But by 2:30 p.m. all police vehicles, except one, had left the scene.

The area is located off Lead Mine Road north of Sawmill Road and includes the streets of Selfridge and Rooksley courts.

A Wake County magistrate’s order later said officials were at a home on Rooksley Court for an eviction.

John Lawrence Haselden Jr., 30, of the home, was arrested during the incident when he failed “to follow the commands of the deputy,” the magistrate’s order said. 

The magistrate’s order also said Haselden saw a deputy at a window and the deputy announced his presence but Haselden did not come to the door.

A CBS 17 photojournalist at the scene reported that as of 1 p.m., he saw more law enforcement officers arrive and a man who lives nearby was told to leave his home. It appears that authorities were using the home as part of their operation, he said.

A military-style vehicle with what appeared to be a long battering ram attached to it was also driven into the neighborhood. 

Haselden was charged with misdemeanor resisting public officer, according to arrest records.

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