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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department has yet to publicly identify the officers involved in recent shootings and another use of force investigation, but a public information request by WWAY NewsChannel 3 found that ten officers are currently on paid administrative leave. That’s the normal course of action for officers involved in a shooting or similar incident while the department and SBI investigate.

A city spokeswoman initially said the number was eight, but a check of the records today showed two more.

According to the information provided by the city, an officer was placed on leave Oct. 11. That day an officer fired one shot at a man holding what turned out to be a pellet gun behind the Kmart on S. College Rd after he refused to follow the officer’s instructions. The shot missed Warren Taylor Small, who was charged with multiple crimes. The city had initially not included this officer in its original list.

WPD placed three officers, two corporals and one sergeant on leave Oct. 26. That was one day after officers shot three suspects after an alleged armed robbery at the Pizza Hut on S. 17th St. Two of the men shot died. The third is in jail.

The department put another officer on leave Nov. 1. That happened hours after Johnnie Williams drove away from a checkpoint and led officers from several agencies on a chase. In the end, they used a WPD K-9 to get Williams out of his car. The SBI is investigating whether officers used excessive force during the incident after Williams suffered several injuries from the dog. The officer placed on leave that day is a K-9 handler.

Two more officers went on leave Thursday. The night before, police shot at three breaking-and-entering suspects, who reportedly refused officers’ commands and drove a car at them. The city had initially told us one officer was suspended that day.

A city spokeswoman said by law she could not comment on why the officers were placed on leave.

WWAY NewsChannel 3 has decided not to publish the names of the officers on paid administrative leave after the FBI said gang members may be targeting local law enforcement officers because of the shooting that killed Brandon Smith, who was wanted for shooting a Sheriff’s Office detective last month in Creekwood. The two New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies and ATF special agent involved in Smith’s death have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

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17 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: 10 WPD officers currently on administrative leave"

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2015 years 10 months ago

“10 WPD officers currently on administrative leave”.
Who’s minding the streets then…2/3 of the force??? Quit siphoning away your own protection.

2015 years 10 months ago

I understand that it is routine to suspend police after a shooting is involved which but the saddest part is gang members are harassing the policemen after leaving. If I was one of them, I will have my personal gun riding in the front seat for protection and if they shoot at me, I will shoot them without missing my target.

2015 years 10 months ago

Love these stats. Keep up the good work officers… #respect

2015 years 10 months ago

Why? Is is so you can say they are racist if they are white, but then turn around and say good job if their black? It does not matter about color. Black, white, blue, or green. It does not matter, they did a good job.

why ask
2015 years 10 months ago

you know they are white.

2015 years 10 months ago

They are all blue.

2015 years 10 months ago

WWAY, what race are the officers on leave? White or African American?

2015 years 10 months ago

Right or wrong, it’s standard operating procedure. It’s not punishment. The officers expect it when involved in a shooting.

2015 years 10 months ago

They are being punished for doing their job, try working at a prison and watch and hear about staff bringing in drugs and having sex with inmates, yet we want to punish the officers on the streets that are defending our lives….WAY to go all PD, keep up the good work!

don wrong
2015 years 10 months ago

Tell the bad guys to put down their guns and stop committing crimes…you would do better to preach to the wicket that are making our streets unsafe for “our Children”.

2015 years 10 months ago

If you stop committing crimes and shooting at and threatening police, they’ll prob stop shooting you

2015 years 10 months ago

If these folks had been acting like civilized human beings, they would not have been shot or shot at by the cops. I am sure that Serena would have been a lot happier if the cops had been shot.

2015 years 10 months ago

In order for the violence to stop, y’all are going to have make some serious changes from within. You need to teach your children right from wrong. You need to encourage your children to make a better life for themselves. You need to cooperate with the police when you witness a crime, or obtain information. As long as you only look to the outside to change things, then nothing will change, at least not for the better.

2015 years 10 months ago


Tax payer
2015 years 10 months ago

Sounds like good work

It seems people don’t get that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun

proud citizen
2015 years 10 months ago

I am proud of our officers! Are people forgetting that the people they have shot/killed were breaking the law? Not to mention, the officer’s gave them all warnings and they did not cooperate? It’s not like law enforcement is “out to get” just anyone on the street. They are doing their job, serving and protecting us! As far as I am concerned, I hope they continue to clean up the streets, get rid of all the crappy, drug dealing, gang bangers on the street they can, and if that means they have to shot them, then do it! I have lived here for over 25 years, and have never seen such a mess. It is time to claim back our town, and that starts with getting the low life scum out!

2015 years 10 months ago

That’s what “they” wanted all along….


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