WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington Police detective is on paid administrative leave as the department reviews his involvement in a shooting that injured a New Hanover County Sheriff’s detective yesterday in Creekwood.
The two detectives, members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, were approaching two men in Creekwood when investigators say one of the men, Brandon Devone Smith, started shooting, hitting NHSO Det. Michael Spencer.
WPD says its detective, whose name the department is not releasing because he works undercover, returned fire. He was not hurt.
“It’s department protocol to investigate every officer-involved shooting,” Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement.
While a preliminary review shows that the WPD officer appears to have followed procedure, Evangelous says a careful review of the incident is always necessary.