Suspects in latest police shooting identified, officers on leave


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two Wilmington Police Officers are on paid administrative leave as the SBI investigates another officer-involved shooting in the Port City last night.

WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says around 6:50 last night police responded to a breaking and entering call at 5052 Lamp Post Circle, where Anthony Bernard Brown said three men kicked in his backdoor and pointed a gun at him.

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Officers found the suspects sitting in a gold Cadillac parked off Lullwater Dr. When officers approached the vehicle Rawley says they gave the suspects several commands and ordered them to show their hands. She says the suspects refused to follow the commands and drove at the officers. Two of the officers fired several shots at the vehicle. One of the suspects, Jhahie Dunham Mitchell, 20, was shot in the foot. He was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital into police custody.

Mitchell, Derrick Anthony Hayes, 19, and Gerrod Rashon Hughes, 19, all of Wilmington, are charged with conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted first-degree burglary and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer. All three are in the New Hanover County Jail under $300,000 bond.

Police have also charged the victim in the case with multiple drug charges after searching his home and finding drugs. Brown, 40, is charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver schedule VI, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling and possession with intent to sell & deliver within 1,000 feet of a daycare. He is in the New Hanover County Jail under $100,000 bond.

No officers were injured in the incident. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in as part of the agency’s standard procedure with any officer involved shooting. Both officers are on paid Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the investigation. WPD has not released the names of the officers involved.