Suspect charged with shooting Wake County deputy struggles with mental illness, his mom says

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Raleigh man charged with shooting a Wake County deputy on Wednesday has struggled with mental health issues in the past, his mother told CBS 17.

Louise Cole, the mother of Eddie Craig, said her son used to see a psychiatrist when he lived in Selma, Alabama, and has been homeless in the past.

“Oh God. Somewhat shocked and somewhat not shocked because of the way he was acting while he was up there, you know, every time we call, he would just go into like a rage and just it had nothing to do with us,” Cole said.

Eddie Craig (Raleigh-Wake CCBI)

Craig, who isn’t married and is without children, has no criminal record in North Carolina but Cole said he did spend time in jail in Selma over a domestic incident.

He moved to North Carolina around five years ago after he got out of jail and then cut off communication with his family, Cole told CBS 17’s Bridget Chapman.

“In 2019, he gave up on having a phone because he didn’t want none of us to contact him,” Cole said.

Cole said she asked for a welfare check on her 32-year-old son last year and was told he was OK but hadn’t bathed.

Craig is charged with opening fire on deputies with an AK-47 who were serving an eviction notice on him Wednesday morning.

Deputy Ronald Waller was hit twice in his waist area, the sheriff’s office said.

Cole said she is praying for Waller and his family and hopes he will be OK.

“I just want to say to them that I’m very, very sorry as to what happened, and I’m glad he seems to be recovering good and just let them know that I’m really sorry,” Cole said. “Just let the family know that we’ll be praying for them and hopefully everything will be ok with the man that got shot. We’ll be praying for the family.”

Craig has been charged with:

  • Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill
  • Three counts of attempted murder
  • Three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury

He is being held under a $4 million bond and is scheduled to appear before a Wake County judge Thursday afternoon.

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