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Deputy recovering after surgery, search for shooter continues

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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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YOU DAMN RIGHT!!!! THESE

YOU DAMN RIGHT!!!! THESE MEN AND WOMEN (POLICE OFFICERS,CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS) RISK THEIR LIVES FOR YOUR FREEDOM AND SAFETY. ITS CALLED A SHOW OF FORCE...AND THEY WORK HARD TO SOLVE CRIME....DON'T HATE.....APPRECIATE!!!

Thank YOU all in BLUE

I would like to thank each and every officer who gets up in the morning, night, and evening, to start their shift, you are the symbol that represents the brave that do the bidding while we sleep, and while you are not perfect, most if not all are dedicated. So thank you for the shield even if it is your body, because while you may not be perfect you certainly deserve the respect of those whom sleep, work and eat in the comfort of their surrounding's while you struggle with object danger.

Here in my house we thank you, so if someone shoots one of my protectors then by all means bring everything to bare you got and stop him before he does it again, cause one officer out of work is one that no longer stands in the line

I don't feel bad!

Ok so yea its sad a cop got shot. But look at how many other people get shot here on the EVERYDAY basis and now its a big deal. FOH yall wasted all that money pulling hella cops into the area and meanwhile the suspect your looking for is far gon!!!

Ignorance

Did you just say that? They get up everyday to protect and serve our country and its not big deal a deputy got shot! You can tell education is not your first priority! Those people that get shot usually are doing something wrong? very rarely at the wrong place at the wrong time!The truth hurts doesn't it!

What a Stupid Remark

If a genetically challenged individual will pull a gun and shoot an officer, you can bet they would not bat an eye at killing anyone else that gets in their way. This kind of special a$#hole needs to be taken off the street as quickly as possible and in anyway necessary.

I chuckled at one response that said a policeman was at the entrance to Creekwood with a very large weapon. Probably needs to be one there everyday.

I ran across a program conducted by the Richmond County Sheriff's office in Augusta, GA. It is called WEED and SEED:

"Through aggressive patrol of the community, the Unit identifies and apprehends the criminal element, thereby weeding out the undesirable elements. This includes combatting drug activity, patrolling the high-crime areas within the community, and identifying undesirable characters.
It is the Unit's responsibility to return the neighborhood to the citizens residing there and to create an atmosphere of security, safety, and well-being."

Creekwood and Hillcrest would be a great place to put a plan like this in action

NC is always behind in

NC is always behind in programs like these. This program is working well in Newport News, VA.

There are cities in VA that

There are cities in VA that also have this program. such as Newport News and Hampton.

Weed n seed programs are in

Weed n seed programs are in NC however if the funding isn't there, it isn't there. I work for a local department and we had it, but when the money supporting the program is depleted, its gone. Its all about funds.

Duh!

This has got to be the most stupid comment I have ever read. Of COURSE they do bring out all their resources when an officer is shot and they are still actively searching for one suspect. Obviously, the Sheriffs weren't just pulling this car over for a traffic violation when they were fired upon... Use your brain!

I wonder...

Ignorant "Funny": Maybe you should keep negative comments like that to yourself. Who would be your back up if someone was trying to hurt you?

Put yourself in harms way

When's the last time you stopped to investigate a crime or ran towards a crime instead of away from it? How easy is it to be safe in your homes while you expect the police to make the streets safe for you!! People like you make it tough to be a cop today!!

He has a point though, if a

He has a point though, if a regular citizen (especially one in the ghetto) gets shot, well it's ho-hum we'll investigate it. However if a cop gets shot, they stop what they're doing (including patrolling other areas of the county) to get this guy. I'm not saying their job isn't important, but at what point did a cop become worth more than a citizen? Oh that's right, we live in a police state now, and the gov't needs as many cops as possible considering the amount of unrest that our society is showing...

He has a point though, if a

What it really comes down to is that while you are sleeping in your comfortable home and bed at night, without a care in the world, he is on the srtreet protecting you and your loved ones for a measley yearly income that bearly helps ends meet and leaves his family without a protector and now that one of them have been shot, is one less that is going to be able to show up at your place if you them!

Civil unrest maybe not, but

Civil unrest maybe not, but out-of-control gang violence yes. We need as many cops as it takes to get this situation under control. I, for one, am so very thankful to these men and women for doing a job that I myself would not want to do.

I agree. I also think its

I agree. I also think its wrong that the 911 callers are made public and actually gets played on the news. Who wants to tell if they know they are going to play the tape on the news.

Amen! Thank you!!

Amen! Thank you!!

Generation of entitlement.

Generation of entitlement.

Not police but courts

The police aren't the problem. They do investigate, and they do get their suspects as often as possible. The problem is the court system gives too many breaks to deadbeat criminals, and yet seems to throw everything in the book at first time offenders.

@Guest12345 AMEN! Couldn't

@Guest12345 AMEN! Couldn't have said it better myself.

People like you are the

People like you are the reason for the divide between the police and citizens. If this is what you brought out of that comment than I am seriously embarrassed that we pay taxes to for a criminal like you to patrol the streets. I am sure that you belong in prison more than the people there now.

I think you are way out of line

Guest1911,

When you get up in the morning, put on a bulletproof vest to protect yourself; then comment. Until then we have a member of our community who may be fatally injured and that is a law enforcement officer. Do you risk getting shot at your desk job every day?

Shut up. When you need 911, you will hope they come...and this is the kind of people that come - the same that risk their lives every single day.