DA decides not to charge officers in shooting

Police investigate at a Motel 6 at 3520 Maitland Drive near New Bern Avenue (Jim Shumacher)

January 21, 2011 9:22:33 PM PST
The Wake County District Attorney has decided not to file criminal charges against two Raleigh Police officers involved in a shooting near a Motel 6 last October.On Oct. 21 around 5 a.m., officers were called to the Motel 6 on Maitland Drive near New Bern Avenue about a disturbance.

Police say three officers confronted 37-year-old Emmeril Latrice Wilcoxson just a few yards away from the motel. Authorities say Wilcoxson was yelling, threatened to kill Officer Diana Painter and then charged at her.

Officer Painter fired her gun hitting Wilcoxson several times, but Wilcoxson didn't stop. A report issued by police says Wilcoxson then charged at another officer who also shot her.

The report states Wilcoxson, who was not armed, continued screaming at the officers and made multiple attempts to get up. While she was sitting on the ground she raised an empty hand, made the shape of a gun and pointed it at Officer P.D. Matthews, repeatedly made a shooting gesture and began to laugh.

Click here to read more about the incident Wilcoxson was transported to Wake Medical Center by EMS and later recovered from her injuries.

Based on department policy, the officers were placed on administrative duty, but have now returned to regular duty.

A Raleigh Police spokesperson tells ABC11 he is not aware of any charges being filed against Wilcoxson.

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