Warrant: Man shot by Wilmington police officer drew gun from waistband


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The arrest warrant reveals more details about a shooting involving a Wilmington police officer in downtown Wilmington.

It happened Thursday on N. Front Street, after police say someone went up to an officer and told them a man was walking around the area with a gun.

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By the time it was all over Ofc. Adam Phillips shot Raymond McGriff, Jr., 29, two times during the confrontation. McGriff went to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

According to the arrest warrant, McGriff “failed to comply with the officer’s numerous commands of stopping and placing his hands on the wall.”

The warrants also says the defendant “pulled away, and reached to his waste (sic) band where he had a handgun, and eventually drew the handgun from his waste (sic) band.”

Wilmington Police say McGriff then ran toward the library, where a sheriff’s deputy spotted him and arrested him.

The warrant does not reveal more information on when Philllips shot McGriff.

Phillips has worked with the Wilmington Police Department for nine years and is assigned to the Downtown Task Force. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation. The SBI is also investigating.

McGriff is out of jail on bond.