Man in custody for attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man is in jail after being arrested for attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Wilmington Police arrested Gerald Patrick, 25.

The following is an account of what happened from the Wilmington Police Department:
"Wilmington Police officers responded to a residence for domestic dispute involving a weapon. Arriving officers saw the suspect come out onto the front porch displaying a large knife, and then he walked back inside. Officers called out and ordered the man to put the knife down and come out.

The man came out again, but this time he had a handgun as well as a knife. Officers tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with the man. He went back inside again and returned with a woman, yelling and pointing a gun at her head. The suspect eventually moved into the front yard, still holding onto the victim and fighting with her.

Officers moved in as close as possible and eventually found an opportunity to grab the suspect while he was struggling on the ground with the victim. When the man refused to release the handgun, officers deployed a Taser to subdue him. Even so, they had to rip the gun from the suspect's hands before being able to handcuff him and resolve the crisis.

The suspect, Gerald Leon Patrick was transported to NHRMC to be checked out before being transported to the New Hanover County detention facility. He remains in custody there under $100,000 bond."

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The first role of a police officer is to protect lives and yes that even means the bad guy's. Things happen in an instant and the bad guy decides how a police officer responds. Shot dead? They shoot the guy one round goes into the house and hits the victim then they should not have shot him at all and the cop haters would be crying foul. The only way to act is resonable and in this case the WPD did what they needed to end the situation as best as it could have ended. Only non-victims cry more than the victims.

The fact that they grabbed him while he had control of the weapon, then tazed him and he still had control of the weapon clearly indicates (to me) that a round through the head would have been a preferrable, safer course of action as long as the victim was clear. You don't play games while the suspect still holds the weapon, and people can often react immediately when the tazing is paused.

If he was close enough to grab, this was an ideal situation to use the standard Israeli takedown for suspected terrorists. One hits high and pins the arms, one hits low and takes the suspect down, and a third officer delivers two rounds to the back of the head. No danger at all to innocent parties: You're shooting down, through the head and into the ground.

BTW, I have no problem with penning in, "The decent people" behind "To protect and to serve..."

Now we have to feed, clothe, and house this worthless bag of fecal matter for years.

Let's see, they let him go back into the house not once, but twice - resulting in an innocent person being put in harm's way as a result of their failure to act. As soon as he ignored their commands and turned to go back into the house, he should have been shot dead.

Brian, were you there ? Do you know anyone who was? If you were to ask me those same questions my answer would be yes. I'm sure WWAY does their best to report facts with the information they are provided with. Please realize this is provided sometimes 3rd hand. " As soon as he turned around" that's what you said . Let me tell you this. That would have resulted in bullets in his back . Then little Brian would be on here ranting about WPD shooting a deranged man in the back. The fact of the matter is this those officers saved the victim,the suspect, bystanders and themselves and you still 2nd guess. Next time just say thank you and go about your business.

That would be fine, but there are lawyers that love nothing more than to sue police departments when they do their job. It is also easier to dissect this after the fact with what they coulda, shoulda done. It is much different in the heat of the moment where a split second decision can cost an officer his career and freedom.

Now I do agree with you that I wish the police had the power to shoot these thugs.

After all the weapons showing, hostage taking, attempted murder, kidnapping, etc, I think a 9mm would've saved us a lot of time and money.