The shooting happened around 5 a.m. Thursday next to a Motel 6 at 3520 Maitland Drive near New Bern Avenue.
According to the Raleigh Police Department, officers were called to the motel about a disturbance.
"There is some crazy lady out here screaming and hollering and I don't know what's going on I'm in the office and I don't have no security," a caller told a 911 operator.
A short time later, three officers arrived on the scene at virtually the same time and confronted 37-year-old Emmerli Latrice Wilcoxson just a few yards away from the motel.
Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan said Wilcoxson was yelling, threatening and charging at officers just before they fired their weapons.
"The first officer made initial contact with the suspect, the suspect made a strongly and clearly worded statement threatening to kill the officer. The suspect then quickly reached towards the lower portion of her garment and immediately charged at the officer. The officer ordered the suspect to stop before firing multiple shots as the suspect continued to charge," said Dolan Friday in a statement.
Dolan identified the officers involved as:
- Officer C. Matthews II, who was employed by the RPD on Feb. 16, 2009, and is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division’s Northeast District.
- Officer P.D. Matthews, who was employed by the RPD on Feb. 23, 2009, and is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division’s Northeast District.
- Officer D.C. Painter, who was employed by the RPD on Nov. 20, 2006, and is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division’s Northeast District.
Dolan said it appears Wilcoxson is not from North Carolina.
"She is not from the Raleigh area, and preliminary investigation of the case indicates she arrived here Wednesday. Her most recent residences appear to have been in communities in Clayton County, Georgia," he said.
Wilcoxson had a child with her when she checked into the motel. The toddler is now in the custody of social services.
Wilcoxson was listed in serious condition at WakeMed.
The Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs unit is investigating the shooting. The department has specific policies for when it's appropriate for the use of force and officer involved shootings: