Raleigh police identify officer involved in March 10 shooting

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh police have identified the officer involved in a March 10 shooting that left a 26-year-old injured.

Officer J.E. Byrd, who has been with the Raleigh Police Department since August 2012, was identified as the officer who shot Javier Torres.

Byrd is assigned to the Department’s Field Operations Division. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Byrd shot Torres during a foot chase around 6:45 p.m. at the end of North Rogers Lane near Duckling Way, police said.

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 and was shot during a brief foot chase, police said.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said that Torres ran towards another officer before he was shot by the responding officer. He was taken to WakeMed with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and he’s currently being treated there. He is in stable condition.

A firearm was located at the scene and a body-worn camera captured the entire incident, she said.

Torres, 26, is charged with altering or removing a gun’s serial number; going armed to the terror of the public; and resisting, delaying, and obstructing.

On Wednesday, Raleigh police released several body and dash camera videos related to the shooting.

March 11 Raleigh officer-involved shooting videos

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