Deputy shot while undercover

January 10, 2008 5:38:59 PM PST
According to reports, a deputy from the Lee County Sheriff's Office was shot while on an undercover assignment.

It happened on Maple Avenue and Anthony Street in downtown Burlington. Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter has identified the injured deputy as Charles William Drew, 28 years old. Deputy Drew suffered a gunshot wound to the lower leg while undercover and is expected to recover from his injuries.

He was buying drugs when someone robbed him. He was shot in the leg during the robbery.

The deputy was transported to Alamance Regional Medical Center.

The shooting is the result of an ongoing multi-agency drug investigation that originated in Alamance County. Undercover officers had been to several locations in the Alamance County watching three suspects involved in illegal drug activity.

The suspects moved to S. Anthony St in Burlington. One of the suspects shot Deputy Drew and attempted to flee, as well as the remaining two suspects, from the area. Back up officers from the Alamance County Sheriffs Office apprehended two suspects.

The third suspect was approached in a second location on S. Anthony St. where he received one gunshot to the face. He has been transported to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill; his condition is unknown at this time.

The Burlington Police Department has requested the assistance of the SBI to investigate the shooting of Deputy Drew, as well as the un-named suspect. SBI agents are expected to spend most of the evening interviewing officers and witnesses, as well as collect evidence from the scene of the shooting.

This investigation is ongoing. Details regarding the shooting will be released by the SBI. Any charges involving the suspects will be released by the Alamance County Sheriff's Office.


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