At approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fayetteville Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Stamper and McGougan Road, in reference to a suspicious activity regarding possible burglaries in progress in the area.
Officers were given a physical description of three suspects, as well as their direction of travel and last known location.
Upon arrival, an officer saw three individuals fitting the suspects' descriptions and approached them on the street. The officer, Michael Yount, attempted to identify the suspects, at which time the suspects advanced towards the officer in a threatening manner.
The suspects assaulted the officer by striking him about the face and chest, at which time the officer retreated to his patrol vehicle in an attempt to retrieve his police K-9.
Suspects continued to pursue the officer as he was en route to his vehicle and before the officer was able to release the K-9, one of the suspects kicked the door shut and the suspects continued to assault the officer.
During the assault, the K-9 was eventually able to exit the vehicle and began defending the officer. However, one of the suspects attacked the K-9, to include punching and kicking her in the ribs as the two other suspects continued to strike the officer.
During the attack, the officer made several warnings for them to back off. The suspects ignored the officer's verbal commands so the officer then withdraw his service weapon and fired it at one of the suspects, striking him in the leg. The suspect's injuries were not life threatening.
The officer sustained injuries about his face and upper body and is currently being treated. The K-9 was transported to a medical facility for treatment related to her wounds.
The suspect was transported to Cape Fear Valley for medical treatment regarding his injuries.
The other two suspects have been taken into custody.
The police canine assaulted during the incident was Tricky. Both Officer Yount and Tricky have been treated for their injuries and are doing fine.
On Thursday, Fayetteville Police identified the suspects as 19-year-old Danny Corey Williams, 21-year-old Tremayne Quartez Williams and a juvenile suspect.
Danny Williams was the subject shot by Officer Yount during the incident and is the brother of Tremayne. Danny has been treated for his injuries and released.
Danny and Tremayne Williams were each charged with assault on government official, injury to personal property, and assault on a police canine. Attempted breaking and entering charges are currently pending on both.
The juvenile suspect has been interviewed and released, however, attempted breaking and entering charges are also pending on the juvenile suspect.
Danny and Tremayne are currently at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $5000 secured bond.