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City: Rocky Mount officer shoots domestic assault suspect

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ROCKY MOUNT — A domestic violence suspect shot by a police officer last week is recovering from his wound.

“This encounter was recorded on the officer’s body camera. The Rocky Mount Police Department’s Professional Standards Division is conducting an internal investigation. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called to conduct an independent investigation,” said Jessie Nunery, the city’s media specialist.

The shooting took place at around 7:30 a.m. Friday, when police responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance at a home on the 100 block of Sledgefield Drive. Officers found a woman to be the victim of an assault. She had serious cuts and puncture wounds. The woman was taken to Nash UNC Health Care. 

Officers canvassed the area for the suspect in the assault. An officer located the suspect in the 200 block of Cunningham Drive.

“During the encounter, the suspect, a white male, brandished a handgun, which the officer ordered him to drop several times,” Nunery said. “After ignoring several commands to drop the handgun, the suspect then pointed the handgun at the officer who in turn discharged his weapon, striking the suspect in the abdomen.”

The officer immediately rendered first aid and called for emergency medical services. The suspect was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He was listed in stable condition.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411, Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Text-A- Tip by texting CRIMES and sending a message beginning with RMPOL. Calls and texts are anonymous.