UPDATE: Two people in custody after shooting involving WPD detective


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Two people are in custody after a shooting involving a Wilmington police detective near 23rd and Chestnut Streets.

Wilmington Police Department Assistant Police Chief, Jim Varrone, says special detectives working on gang activity performed a traffic stop.  Varrone says a person pointed a gun at a detective and the detectives fired at the suspect.

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A resident who lives near the location of the shooting says they heard 7 or 8 gunshots.

One suspect was taken into custody.  A short time later, another suspect was arrested after a chase into Creekwood. Police say the two suspects are validated gang members.

District Attorney Ben David says any time a law enforcement officers discharges a weapon in the line of duty his office responds.

Earlier, around 2:54 p.m on Henry Street, there was a shotspotter alert that caused some New Hanover County schools to be put in Shelter in Place. Later, Snipes was added to that list. That shotspotter alert is not related to these shootings at this time.

Stay with WWAY for more updates as they become available.