Police chief on leave after shooting

Suspect in ‘fair condition’ at a local hospital

From staff reports
Posted 6/16/21

Two guns are seen in surveillance footage of an officer-involved shooting in Newton Grove that put a suspect in the hospital and a chief on administrative leave Tuesday.

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Police chief on leave after shooting

Suspect in ‘fair condition’ at a local hospital

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Two guns are seen in surveillance footage of an officer-involved shooting that put a suspect in the hospital and a chief on administrative leave Tuesday.

Newton Grove Police Chief Greg Warren is seen scuffling with a man, who pulls something from his pocket before Warren draws his gun, in surveillance footage obtained by WRAL. The video then cuts to the chief standing over the suspect with his firearm aimed before picking up a second gun from the ground at the suspect’s side.

Warren is on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the officer-involved shooting. The suspect, who was shot in the melee, is in fair condition at a local hospital, according to Anjanette Grube, SBI’s public information officer.

“The name of the individual who was shot has not been released yet,” Grube said. “The SBI investigation into the officer involved shooting remains ongoing.”

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office deferred questions about the shooting to the SBI Wednesday.

Police were responding to a reported kidnapping and rape around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday when the shooting occurred outside Sam’s Circle Mart on Clinton Street. Someone at a neighboring Dollar General called 911 to report gunfire.

“Preliminary reports indicate that a Newton Grove Officer responded to a report of a female victim who had been kidnapped and raped. It was originally reported, the suspect was holding the victim against their (her) will and was armed with a firearm,” SCSO Lt. Marcus Smith said in a press release Tuesday.

“The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office continues to actively investigate the incident that led up to the officer involved shooting,” Smith said on Wednesday. “...Investigators are still conducting interviews and reviewing evidence pertaining to the case. The victim’s name is being withheld to protect her during this sensitive investigation.”

The alleged female victim — blurred out in the video — is seen running to the officer and suspect after the shooting before she was shooed away.

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