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WILMINGTON, NC (WPD) — A few minutes before 9 p.m. Thursday, the Wilmington Police Department responded to the 800 block of Haymarket Lane for reports of shots fired. When WPD officers arrived at the scene, they could see a man inside the garage of his house at 824 Haymarket Lane. He was pacing back and forth, and officers knew that he was armed with a rifle. Officers began ordering the man to exit the garage and surrender, but he refused, barricading himself inside the residence. Negotiators and SWAT members responded to the scene.

Negotiators were unable to make direct contact with the man, although he was on the phone with the 911 center. He came out of the house at 9:58 p.m., threatening officers in the backyard as he brandished the rifle. Then he walked around to the front of the house. He leveled the rifle and began walking down the driveway toward perimeter officers. A SWAT member fired a single shot, striking the man in the shoulder. The suspect, age 46, was taken into custody and transported to NHRMC for treatment.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and the District Attorney Ben David jointly requested that the SBI conduct an investigation. It is standard policy and practice to request the assistance of an outside agency for an officer-involved shooting.

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