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Deputy recovering after surgery, search for shooter continues



WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy is recovering after what the Sheriff's Office called "successful surgery" after he was shot today in Creekwood. Meanwhile, the search continues for the man who shot him.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have joined forces to search for the suspect.

Sheriff Ed McMahon identified the injured deputy as Det. Michael Spencer.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Spencer appears to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries and should be OK.

Brewer says deputies, including Spencer, approached two men they saw drive into Creekwood. As they approached, the man who had been the passenger in the car started shooting. Spencer, a member of the Gang Task Force, was hit. Brewer says another deputy took cover behind a telephone pole and returned fire.

PHOTO GALLERY: Search for suspect in deputy shooting

Investigators say they are looking for a black male 5'8" or 5'10", 215-230 lbs. wearing black jeans, a black hoodie and a knit ball cap. McMahon says the unnamed suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

At one point officers converged on an apartment at Lennon Woods on Lennon Drive. McMahon would not say whether that was related to the search for the shooting suspect.

Officers captured the driver of the car. They later released him and his vehicle after questioning him. Investigators have not released his identity.

During an afternoon news conference, Sheriff McMahon was asked if Creekwood has a gang problem. He would only say there was a gang problem in general in the area.

The shooting led to lockdowns at Mosley Performance Learning Center and Freeman Elementary School. The district later said law enforcement gave clearance to allow buses into Creekwood with police escort.

Police, deputies and state troopers swarmed the area in and around Creekwood looking for the suspect. Brewer said the SABLE helicopter could not used because of the weather. Pender County and Brunswick County also offered assistance, including K-9 units and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office's new armored personnel carrier, which carried its SWAT Team.

Law enforcement officers blocked streets around the neighborhood. For much of the afternoon a Wilmington Police officer with a large firearm guarded the entrance to Creekwood. Officers also checked vehicles as they left Creekwood.

Creekwood residents say they are angry, because they say they never see this many officers when residents are shot in the neighborhood.

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Why am I continually surprised by the ignorant masses? People should think before they expose their opinions to the public. (And think before they vote, but thats a whole other discussion.) For those of you who can't, here is what you should have thought about.

First, the reason for the lockdowns has nothing to do with the WPD but has everything to do with the Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech shootings as well as the many other acts of violence our country has experienced in the recent past. It is tightened security in the midst of known threats attempting to keep our children, and us for that matter, safe. Try saying "thank you" rather complaining. What you should be asking or complaining about is why our society has degraded to the point that this becomes necessary.

Secondly, am I the only one who remembers the NABS (Neighborhood Action Base Station) trailer that was placed adjacent to Creekwood in 1992 by the WPD in an effort to reduce crime? What was one of the first things that happened? I'll remind you. It got shot up. So again I ask, what are you complaining about? People should be grateful they even stayed. Do you realize, after that occurred, those police officers woke up in the morning and went right back to work? Do you even think about the officers themselves that have continued to go to work everyday since knowing all the crime and violence in Creekwood?

I is evident by the events of today, why not try loving those officers as much as they obviously love you? Why not thank them for putting their lives in danger to protect yours? Why not say thank you to them for their sacrifice? And why not say thank you to almighty God for making men and women with their capacity for love and devotion?

Well I will start it...
Thank you WPD for your sacrifice and effort to keep us all safe. And most of all, thank you God for providing your protection, even though our actions as a society testify to our rejection of you.

AMEN...Very well spoken

AMEN...Very well spoken

Amen .

Amen .


Why are you angry because so many cops show up? It has become a once a week thing. If you would have raised your kids right, then they would not be involved in gangs and shooting at each other or cops for that matter. I say, let the cops back out and stay out. After awhile the gangs will kill each other and the residents will have a nice quite neighborhood. The Police Chiefs plan did not work, so lets try this.


I say keep dumping just enough money into creekwood to make it livable. Keep all the mutts rounded up in one spot. That way you only have to deal with the meth heads and tweekers outside of downtown vicinity. Why don't the Wilmington downtown initiative render some monetary assistance to wpd or cow period in the name of public safety?

Creekwood Residents

So your finally now angry? How about being angry next time ant shooting happens in your neighborhood instead of looking the other way and not helping the police catch the criminals. Such hyprocrites!

i say yes to this... stop

i say yes to this... stop being blind to the violence and speak up. At the end of the day they have to raise their kids there and they need to start talking

I didn't see nuthin'

Remember when there is a random shooting in Creekwood NO ONE SEES, HEARS OR SMELLS ANYTHING!!! Who are the cops supposed to look for? No one has a description. What kind of car are they supposed to look for? No one has a description. If the residents in Creekwood want help THEY HAVE TO HELP THEMSELVES. However, we all know they wouldn't hit at a snake if it was two feet away. They would wait for the government to come do it for them.

I've been down in Wilmington

I've been down in Wilmington for 3 months. My stores been robbed right near where this happened. I've been hit in 2 accidents with people text messaging and not paying attention. I also watch the hookers, drug addicts, homeless, and the thugs walk along Market St all day. Wilmington PD has publicly stated their short staffed. The Feds need to bring their resources in here along with the National Guard. They need to enforce a curfew for these young thugs much like they do in Los Angeles. Too much drugs in this town. The National Guard needs to take patrol efforts away from the city police and put armored vehicles around these housing projects. These young thugs don't value life. Lock em all up.

You are under some kind of

You are under some kind of illusion that "The Feds" and the Natty Guard would really do anything .You obviously have never worked with the National Guard. They are typically posted with firearms but no ammo, and there is a good reason for that.

How do things change

I am in Wilmington working today on a contract job. Thank God I have a job. While on this contract at the office in Wilmington some days one or two police go by with lights and sirens on, today made me very nervous because the police with lights and sirens keep going by. I knew something very wrong was going on. I'm thankful the Police Officer will be ok. This is a Community of Wilmington no matter where you live or how much money you have or don't have. The people who live there need to get a backbone. Keep your neighbors and family from getting into the gangs and starting a neighbor hood gang. Working with not against police to clean it up even if it is your family member involved. You need to love your family and community enough to make it better not join in the crime. The police are present and run to all types of danger. Hopefully their training sets in and they handle the situation correctly. Citizens are the first to cry out "racial profiling" and "prejudice"(sometimes it may seem true). It seems to me everyone needs to work together to clean this area up. I'm glad I have worked here and see the news while I am here. I thought about moving here now I'm not sure if that is a wise decision.

All these people complaing

All these people complaing about not getting this much police response when an ordinary citizen gets shot need to realize something - Anyone crazy or evil enough to shoot a trained and armed law enforcement officer is an even greater threat to the general public than your typical shooter. Someone who takes that extreme step is a desperate person, willing to do anything to escape. Simply put, they are the most dangerous people in our community.

A life is a life and a

A life is a life and a shooter is aa shooter....a law enforcement officers life is no more or less valuable than anyone else. Does an innocent bystander victims family grieve any less than a police officers family? ...I think not.

I agree!

I agree!

you agree ?????

..... So I guess that makes you the "not so brightest" Star (pun intended) although I bet you and Concerned American don't get it.

Move into creekwood, do us all a favor.


Thank God the Officer did not have life-threatening injuries but my God people. What is it gonna take for you all to wake up? The police are humans too. They go to work with the expectation of returing home just like we all do. I have lived in Creekwood and then it was the CREEKWOOD STOMPERS.... they soon vanished with the help our WPD. He have got to help one another and the police to help get rid of some of this crime. I am not pointing fingers because I know these gang members all have parents and they did not raise them in that fashion.
My opinion...send them where they can shoot till they can't shot no more and get paid to do it...Send them to Iraq and those other places as soliders in the Military and put them on the front line, since they want to shoot. Let the parents collect all of their pay...they don't wanna work at a job so since they will be shooting over there...they don't need the money. Times are getting terrible and we gotta find ways to make our state, our city, our homes, our communities a safer place to live....I'm just saying

Creekwood shooting

Give me a break! "Creekwood residents say they are angry, because they say they never saw this many Officers when residents have been shot in the neighborhood".
I guess not! They run in their houses and don't come out until the Police are gone. It's like, I see nothing, I know nothing, I hear nothing. Blame the police. They should have tore down Creekwood 20 years ago. Or put a fence up there, and throw in 100 guns and let them shoot it out!
The only time the people in Creekwood co-operates with the "po-po" is when they want money, cookouts, or free handouts.
Everytime someone has been shot in Creekwood or a domestic breaks out, you have to send in 20 cop cars, if you don't the mob will attack you or tear up the police cars.
Don't tell me that's the only time you saw this many police being there. They are there every night because this is the worst of the worst communities in Wilmington.

Creekwood Officer Shot

Creekwood residents say they are angry, because they say they never saw this many officers when residents have been shot in the neighborhood.

Well then just don't send any help in and let the residents handle it themselves, you're never gonna make people happy,no matter how you handle things, they all give their two cents worth and expect police protection , but then when there is a shoot out, they are clam up and become silent. You can't have it both ways, people! The police officers should have never been fired upon to begin with, the thugs must have been quilty of something or why where they riding around with loaded guns?! Put the blame where it belongs, not on our law enforcement! Clean up your neighborhood, there are children in there for God's sake! They need to feel safe!

God Bless and Thank you to

God Bless and Thank you to all our Law Enforcement Officers!!! I am so Thankful the Officer that was wounded will be okay! These Men and Women in Uniform go to work and put their lives on the line everyday for us!!!
Proud Daughter of a Retired Police Chief

This is getting ridiculous.

This is getting ridiculous. I am FAR from prejudice, as I have a black boyfriend, but DAMN!! Every time a young person gets in trouble and takes an innocent life, people are quick to say "It wuznt my cuz! Yo, you people don't no my fam." Wake up people...when an innocent life is taken people should pay for the crime. I know the family of the young man arrested last week for the killing in Garden Lakes and it is what it is. People that know the family know that the young man was not raised in an environment like that and know that his parents are wonderful people. The kid got caught up with the wrong crowd and it caught up with him. If he is innocent, why is he still being held? If he was not the trigger man, what happened...was he just holding the gun while his hommie pulled the trigger? It is time to stop the dumb shit and face the facts. People cry and complain because the cops call for backup when an officer is shot, but then they would cry prejudice if no one wants to show up to a 911 call in Creekwood because of all of the known gang activity and violence. Young kids these days have no value or respect for ANYTHING, even a human life. You wanna call yourself a man? Then keep your sorry butt at home and take care of your responsibilities. A real man would not break into another man's home, a man that has suffered a stroke at that, struggle with him, shoot him, and take HIS money. Maybe when people start to look up to God for help, spend a little more time on their knees, and can finally be MAN or WOMAN enough to take responsibility for the crimes that they commit, we will see some positive changes. Law enforcement has grown by leaps and bounds and detectives are not going to risk their jobs or lawsuits for falsely accusing someone of a first-degree murder charge. A persons past can haunt them for a long time and that is just a result of decisions that people make in life. It is time to face the truth, accept responsibility for things that we do, stop with all the denial, and use some of the negative energy to make a positive change.


I am a black woman. I love my race. I love black men, would love to say I wish to have no other than a black man. I "quote" A BLACK MAN.
What I am saying is, who is the black man? and what does the black man stand for? Let me start by saying this. The black man is rough but he is compassionate...He raises his children with tough love and soothes them gently before they goes to bed at night. The black man is firm but gentle...He holds his woman tightly and softly caresses her skin. The black man is hard but soft....he gets out of the bed and goes to work by the sweat of his brow and make peace with his fellow man at the end of the day. that what you want, someone in your life that hunts people. Boys that call themselves men. Living in constant danger, fearing for the safety of your children. Waiting on the first of the month. Should not a boy grow up sometime and do what is right. Hanging out all night why you can't be at home loving your family, shooting up your neighbors, why? Are you serving your master. Young boys, young boys, please grow up. Grow up to become the strong black men folk said you will never be. Grow up to see your little boys and girls become sucessful doctors and lawyers. Go to church, do not have to be carried in by 6 of your homies pouring beer on top of you. You are dead, your mother is hurting, your father lost his son he is weary, your children lost their dad,they miss you daddy. Your lady lost her man, she proberly gonna end up with your killer, no ones gonna tell he did it. Stop the madness black folk. Let's break this evil stronghold, and allow God to cover us with His loving strongarm. A man that doesn't stand for something will undoubtfully fall for anything.

Why are we dumping $40

Why are we dumping $40 million into this Project ? We should empty it out, and trade it, to UNC-W. For student dorms.

I'm sure glad, our brave deputy, will be ok. But it's time to realize, all the police, deputies, and Highway Patrolmen, in New Hanover County, won't stop this $40 million problem. When we keep dumping more millions into it.

We need to stop paying 16 year old girls, to have babies, out of wedlock. Stop giving dope dealers, slaps on the wrists. And we need to use the Death Penalty more. Starting with these monsters, who almost murdered our deputy.

Thank the Lord that the

Thank the Lord that the Deputy will be ok. The Officers, Deputies and Troopers that patrol New Hanover County should get HazMat pay like we did in the military when going to hostile places. This town has turned into a warzone!

40 million would go a long way.......

in the public school system. Buy enough supplies, pay enough to bring good teachers to the area that will stick around and employ enough busses so our middle school kids don't have to ride with high schoolers. Give these little kids that have no control over the environment they grow up in some good role models, a good education and some HOPE

Enough already

Why do upstanding citizens have to put up with this crap, Wilmington leaders? I drive home at lunch on a perfectly good work day to enjoy a delicious bologna sandwich only to see police at the boundaries of my perfectly upstanding neighborhood because of this social experiment catastrophe called Creekwood. I have the greatest respect for our men in blue but I don't want to see them on manhunts in my neighborhood, thank you very much. Something's gotta give where Creekwood is concerned and it doesn't involve throwing another $15 million of our tax money at it.

"Delicious" belongs with

"Delicious" belongs with bologna about like thugs and gangsters belong in normal society. It just doesn't go together

Indeed. I wish they came

Indeed. I wish they came like this when I got hurt in January, they laughed at me at the hospital. Wish it was different. Haunts me everyday.

Point missed.

The criminal element is the problem here, NOT the police. God bless the policemen for all they do. God knows I wouldn't want to be a cop in this town! The thug problem, however, is WAY, WAY, WAY out of hand.

Its not the people who live

Its not the people who live out here in Creekwood, Its the outsiders that are taking over!