Suspects in officer involved shooting charged

April 5, 2008 3:02:30 PM PDT
One suspect involved in a shooting with Raleigh police is being charged with attempted murder.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, Raleigh Police Department officers R.L. Boyce and B. Greenwood were on duty in a marked blue and white patrol vehicle when they observed litter being thrown from an SUV traveling on Crosslink Road.

The officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The SUV eventually stopped on Schenley Drive before it reached Swing Court. At that time, one of passengers, later identified as 21-year-old Michael Lewis White , got out of the SUV and began to flee on foot. Officer Greenwood pursued White, who was armed with a handgun.

A short time later multiple shots were fired. White received non-life-threatening wounds and was transported to WakeMed for medical treatment. Officer Greenwood was not injured.

Upon his release from the hospital, White will be charged with attempted murder, possession of firearm by convicted felon, going armed to the terror of the public, and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Originally, the vehicle had been occupied by four subjects. A second passenger, 17-year-old Zonte Antonio Jones, attempted to flee on foot but was detained a short time later. One of the remaining occupants of the SUV was transported to WakeMed for medical attention not related to the officer-involved shooting. The fourth occupant remained with the SUV and was detained.

Jones was transported to the Wake County Jail Friday night and charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and probation violation.

Bobby Latiff Wright was transported to the Wake County Jail Saturday morning upon his release from WakeMed. He is charged with littering, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, speeding to elude arrest, and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Wright was the vehicle occupant who was transported to the hospital for medical attention not related to the officer-involved shooting.

The fourth occupant of the vehicle was released without being charged.

Pursuant to departmental policy, the State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to investigate the shooting. The SBI's investigation will be reviewed by the Wake County district attorney. The Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit will also conduct an administrative investigation.

Officer Greenwood joined the Raleigh Police Department in 2003, and is assigned to the department's Gang Suppression Unit. In accordance with departmental policy, Officer Greenwood will be placed on paid administrative duty.


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