Gang possibly targeting Wilmington police, says FBI

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Submitted: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 4:58am
Updated: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 6:20pm

By Adam Wagner

WILMINGTON, NC ( — Members of one Wilmington gang are “committed to engage in shootings,” possibly focusing on law enforcement, after the shooting death of Brandon Devone Smith, according to an FBI memo sent to the state’s police chiefs.

Smith was shot to death Oct. 13 by two New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an ATF agent three days after allegedly firing on Michael Spencer, a member of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and sheriff’s office detective, in Creekwood.

Spencer is recovering after being shot in the left leg. A Wilmington Police Department detective who was with Spencer when he was shot and who returned fire on Smith is still on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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  • SurfCityTom says:

    why has the Governor not directed the head of Public Safety to create a multi-agency task force to be dispatched to Wilmington, and any other similar area with orders to seek and destroy gang bangers.

    At the same time, reinstate public hangings as the method for dealing with pistol toting gang members. How tough will the first one be as he is walked up the stairs to the scaffold; placed on the hatch; black hood placed over head; and his family wailing about him being a misunderstood youth who was a loving family member? He’ll be sobbing as they place the noose around his neck.

  • guesty says:

    You win the award for longest run-on sentence ever. Here are some extra periods I had laying around, feel free to use some next time you post.

  • SMiddy says:

    I love how the gang bangers and the people that “hate cops” are out there telling the world that “I know that cop was shot by the other officer… I know this… I know that….. The cops are bad… this guy was innocent…. blah blah blah… Shut UP already…. Your people are destroying this city… Your PEOPLES is not “GOOD KIDS”…trust me… if your people keep this up… tourists will quit showing up… no tax money… you have no where to sleep and nothing to eat…

  • Fed up says:

    How could the officer hit the front inside of his leg when he was behind him ? Brandon turned and shot hitting that officer plain and simple. He had no value of the life he was trying to take, he just didnt want to get caught with the drugs he was selling.

  • dont matter says:

    people of wilmington and the wpd there is bad eveywhere there are cops that do things by the book that is a good thing i know for a fact that there are wpd cops that should be took off the force the wpd cheif should revew all wpd officers or the city should they are driving the wpd cars home they did not drive them there to get the job they spead home they have gps on these cars off work in leland wrecking cars going to wrecks calling tow companys to come get the wrecked cars instead of the rotation list its true some cops even know of the crimes before they happen and dont care i really think the sbi should look into this as far as people doing the crimes they do it life it is not going to stop till we get real cops that care y0u dont hear the sheriff dept putting up with it i hope and pray that soon he takes over the whole city then it will be a better place peace too the familys for there loss i hope and pray that you sue the city all the money they have love allways and may god be with your familys to the cops that shot may you walk the earth with a restless soul

  • Fanta C says:

    The officers that shot and killed Smith are back on duty. The officer that shot and missed Smith is still on paid administrative leave. Why is that? When they do the ballistics on the bullet that hit the officer in the leg, what gun is it going to match with? They probably trying to come up with a reasonable lie stating that Smith some how was in possession of the gun that belonged to the officer that was with Spencer. Don’t mind me. I’m just making up scenarios. I could care less.

  • Young Old School says:

    PC has taken over, welcome to the wussifacation of America.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    Maybe the Gang Bangers are all looking to get shot by different officers…and if enough do…half the Police Force will be on Administrative Leave…then the Gang Bangers (Phase II) will launch a counter offensive and you will then have to call in outside help.
    Ooops!!…did I say “Outside Help” again? What was I thinking????

  • Jessica says:

    this is a tragedy for all parties involved. brandon was related to my son, he was his cousin, and this is a tragedy for his wife and chidren, you people should let this man rest in peace and not worry about tarnishing his name, his wife and kids are grieving and believe not all cops are good cops, we will never know the truth because brandon took that to his grave, but where is the innocent until proven guilty. enough already people!

  • Concern Citizen says:

    To Dont Matter;

    Reading your article, very discussing and pityful. Please, before you voice your opinion, please proof read what you write? The occupation people chooses, does not say they are not human and a person. The person who done the shooting was not a “Saint”. He had flaws just as the next person. Why wasn’t he out working on someone job? No, he was carrying illegal weapon, selling drugs and in the wrong place at the wrong time. Your comment, you pray the family sue the city, Why? If you pay taxes, ie, property, car or water bill all goes up. Please think, before you make any future post.

    Concerned Citizen;

  • beach guy says:

    So the gang members are trying to intimidate the officers by following them around or are they doing reconnaissance planning to ambush a police officer?
    This is a widely used tactic in other countries that are plagued with criminal gangs.
    They watch the police establish a pattern and then make their move.
    I hope that the law enforcement community is being proactive in using counter measures to make the safety of the officers a priority.
    Maybe they should recruit some combat vets that have been the targets of this type of activity in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and partner them with officers trained in the classic sense of law enforcement
    When a guy rolls out of a vehicle in body armor and a M-4 it will definitely make some punk think twice before trying to shoot at a cop.

  • Port says:

    Luckily the Law Enforcement have better aim. You would think they would have learned by now. Stupid move by the gangs, Your way outnumbered!!

  • Mr.T says:

    I have made it no secret how I feel about guns in the hands unqualified and unstable people. There is no place for guns on the streets period.
    Guns should be for sport and the protection of the home. Gang members are changing the norm in a negative direction and the problem is growing.
    The latest news about gangs targeting the police may be just the thing that turns the table. Under normal circumstances the police are always riding the fence when confronted and are always challenged as to how and when to use deadly force. Assuming the information about targeting is correct the targeting street can now run both ways and punks may just start getting what they deserve with no questions asked. Weather it’s horizontal or vertical the gangs must leave town.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Mr. T,I respect your right to go unarmed in public and be an easy target. I just ask (expect actually) that you respect my right to protect my self in public.

  • Guest265 says:

    If these stupid gang members are following our law enforcement guys around.
    I sure hope LEO’s continue to kill and maim the losers! I would be glad to sit on a jury if the state ever decides to charge a good guy for killing these losers! These gangs have sure picked a fight they in no way can win!

    It sure is funny to see them dropping like flies though.

  • Fed Up! says:

    The SBI has NEVER said nor will they EVER say that the deputy was shot by another officer because it’s NOT true! There are a clump of people spreading this rumor around in an attempt to add fuel to the fire for the gangs to retaliate against the officers. It’s a ploy and it’s disgusting!!! The SBI is not even done investigating the case so please don’t fall for this bogus BS!!!!

  • what says:

    Where is you info coming from I have never heard the SBI say that Spencer was shot by another officer.

  • guestwhat says:

    War! Come’on dude!

  • Guest123 says:

    The violence appears not be waning in our community and no one is safe if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. I thought these thugs would seek retaliation . They have the eye for eye mentality and I see this gangland crime spree escalating. Maybe time to call in the National Guard and impose a strict curfew. You are dealing with uncivilized people therefore they have the advantage because their value system is dysfunctional. Nothing to lose. They will try to ambush the police and even the score in their sick minds. They only thing that will quell the violence is the use of heavy force. Wilmington , we are at war! May God be with these officers who will have to step into the trenches to confront these animals. I hope you stack them up like cordwood. No sympathy for the families whose thugs are about to be extinguished from this earth.

    I hope this liberal city government has the stomach for what is about to transpire.

  • hal stevens says:

    Think! With what? You are asking far too much of these folks. Back off!

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Because right now those thugs are dull as mules @$$! The couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from 10 feet using a scope and a bench rest! They want to take out a vendetta against well trained and well armed police officers?

    Whoever put out THAT plan out already has serious brain damage goin’ on! Somebody better start doin’ some thinkin’!!!

  • Pointress says:

    This is exactly why when ANY gang member is arrested, they need to either wind up executed or never allowed to set foot outside of a corrections facility again until the day they die in prison.

  • guest3367 says:

    Alegedly…..what the heck ever….deputy was SHOT…on purpose….I saw the end result….nothing alledeged about it.

  • guest3368 says:

    yes allegedly… & like the SBI confirmed he did not shoot that officer, another officer shot him. So there for an innocent man was killed. Know what your talking about before speaking upon it.

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