WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have found a man they say tried to run over two officers this morning.
Police say the confrontation in a hotel parking lot ended with one officer firing his gun.
“Somebody pulled in in a car. It’s like an old Toyota, early ’80s, burgundy. He’s parked. He’s got a hat on. He’s heavyish, middle-aged guy, and he’s trying to break into cars,” a caller told a 911 operator earlier this morning.
The guest staying at the hotel next to the TownePlace Suites off Eastwood Road saw a man in the parking lot checking door handles and called 911. When police arrived, they say the man made his way back to his car ignoring officers’ commands and sped out of the parking lot almost running over two cops.
One of the officers fired several shots at the car, but the man got away.
“Scared me to death, because I had a room right back here,” hotel guest Todd Provost said. “It was right where the action took place.””
Provost says he was asleep when he heard the gunshots.
“I used to live in LA in the city, and it’s the first time I’ve heard gunshots in quite a while,” he said. “They were that close to me. Probably 50 feet from me, so it scared me.”
Shirley Moore and her family were also staying at the hotel.
“It was a scary feeling, because I’ve never experienced that before,” Moore said.
When the gunshots woke her up she feared the worst.
“We thought someone was trying to break or enter in the hotel we was at,” Moore said.
Police searched Thursday for a man they described as white male about 5’11”, medium to heavy build. They say they eventually found him in Benson.
Police have not released the suspect’s name yet, but they say he is on his way to the police department. No charges have been filed yet.
Police spokeswoman Linda Rawley says the officer who fired the shots is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. She did not release his name.