Goldsboro officer fires 2 shots at driver who wouldn’t stop near crime scene, police say

Wayne County News

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – A Goldsboro police officer fired two shots at a driver who wouldn’t slow down or stop when he was driving in the direction of officers investigating a shooting call Monday morning, police said.

Officers were investigating a shooting into an occupied dwelling call in the 700-block of E. Holly Street at approximately 1:19 a.m. when the incident happened, authorities said.

According to police, officers had closed off the street using their vehicles and were collecting evidence at the scene when they noticed that a “silver vehicle approached the scene at a high rate of speed barreling towards them down Holly Street heading east.”

Police said “the driver refused to stop or slow down” and that “fearing for their safety, one officer shot twice at the driver.”

The driver’s car slammed into one of the police vehicles and went off the street and hit a utility pole at 705 E. Holly St., according to officials.

The driver has been identified as Raekwon Unique Wallace, 24, of Richmond, Virginia. The name of the officer has not been released.

Neither Wallace nor any of the officers were injured, police said.

According to police, Wallace was not arrested, but is charged with driving while license revoked and careless and reckless driving.

A spokesperson for the department says Goldsboro Police states firing from or at a moving vehicle is only employed if there is a threat of imminent danger.

When asked if officers were wearing body camera or had dash cameras on during the incident, a spokesperson said the  investigation is ongoing and evidence is still being collected.

According to police, officers were investigating a report of a someone shooting at a home Holly Street Monday morning.

“We really need you to step up and give us some help,” said a woman who lives at the home.

She asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation.

She says last week her relative was shot outside the home on his way home from work.

“We woke up to him screaming on the 23rd saying he was shot in the face and to get down and call for help,” she said.

Other people who live along East Holly Street say they would like to see more police in the neighborhood.

“We need to have more vigilant, more police in this area,” said one man who asked not to be identified.

The incident is being investigated by the Goldsboro Police Investigations unit.

Anyone with information about this crime, or any other crime in the Wayne County area is asked to call or text Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255 or submit a TIP at Callers will remain anonymous and if your information leads to a felony arrest you will be given a cash reward for the information. Crime Stoppers gives cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to felony arrests.

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