NEW DETAILS: Two facing charges in connection to officer-involved shooting

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Deshon Katkai Rucker and Deshaun Montell Clarida (Photos: New Hanover Co. Jail)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two validated gang members face charges after a shooting involving a Wilmington police detective near 23rd and Chestnut streets yesterday.

Deshon Katkai Rucker, 19, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, attempted breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon. A search of the NC Department of Public Safety website does not show any adult record for Rucker.

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Rucker is booked in the New Hanover County Jail under a $1 million bond.

Deshaun Montell Clarida, 21, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. He’s booked in jail under a $100,000 bond.

Wilmington Police Department Assistant Police Chief Jim Varrone said a person pointed a gun at a detective and the detectives fired at the suspect Wednesday following a traffic stop.



Clarida was wanted in March 2014 after Wilmington Police said he led them on a high-speed chase. They also said he was involved in shooting days before that left four people hurt. Clarida was arrested eight months later in Brunswick County after a Navassa officer pulled him over. Records show Clarida has served time for assault on a policeman, interfering with an electronic monitoring device, speeding to allude arrest and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Wilmington Police Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said they will not be releasing the name of the detective involved for safety reasons. She said the detective is on an administrative leave with pay right now as a standard procedure. Lindsay said anytime an officer discharges their weapon, they are put on an administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation to make sure all procedures were followed.

Lindsay stressed this does not mean that the detective did anything wrong. It is a standard procedure.

Jail records show both men are scheduled for court today.