Report reveals woman shot by two officers

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The shooting happened Thursday in the 3500 block of Maitland Drive, off New Bern Avenue.

Authorities say a preliminary review of the incident revealed that just before 11 p.m. 37-year-old Emmeril Latrice Wilcoxson checked into the Motel 6 on Maitland Drive with a small child.

According to the desk clerk at the motel, she appeared upset when she checked in.

Around 4:30 a.m., the desk clerk for Motel 6 called 911 to report Wilcoxson was outside in the parking lot of the motel screaming and causing a disturbance.

According to the police report, Officer D.C. Painter and Officer P. D. Matthews were dispatched to investigate the disturbance. Officer C. Matthews also responded to the scene.

Officer Painter arrived on the scene first, with Officer C. Matthews and Officer P.D. Matthews arriving shortly thereafter. All three officers were driving marked patrol vehicles and were wearing Raleigh Police uniforms.

The report says Officer Painter saw a woman on Maitland Drive screaming and waving her arms around. Officer Painter stopped her vehicle to investigate. Officer C. Matthews and Officer P. D. Matthews then pulled up behind her vehicle.

Authorities say Officer Painter got out of her patrol vehicle to speak with Wilcoxson. They say Wilcoxson pointed at the officer and screamed, "You're going to die tonight. You're going to die tonight. I'm going to kill you."

The report states, Wilcoxson then suddenly reached her right hand down toward her left ankle as if she were retrieving something and then ran directly at Officer Painter with her left hand out in front of her and her right hand cocked back beside her right ear as she continued to scream, "You're going to die tonight," while she charged.

Officer Painter commanded her to stop and took several steps back. When Wilcoxson was about 10 to 15 feet away from Officer Painter, Officer Painter drew her service weapon and continued to tell Wilcoxson to stop.

Authorities say when it became apparent that Wilcoxson was not going to stop, Officer Painter believed that Wilcoxson posed an imminent threat to her life and fired five shots at Wilcoxson, striking her multiple times.

Wilcoxson continued to run directly at Officer Painter, even as the officer was discharging her weapon.

Officer Painter continued to back up and began to circle around to her left as Wilcoxson continued to advance. Wilcoxson continued running, but then became fixated on Officer P.D. Matthews. She then changed direction and ran directly at Officer P.D. Matthews with her hands up by her head and still screaming.

According to authorities, Officer P.D. Matthews, who had witnessed what just happened, ordered her to stop and drew his firearm.

Wilcoxson continued to run directly at Officer P.D. Matthews while screaming. Officer Matthews indicated that he believed, based on the interaction he just observed between Officer Painter and Wilcoxson, his life was in danger.

As Wilcoxson continued to run directly at Officer P.D. Matthews he fired one shot, striking Wilcoxson when she was about eight feet away from him. The shot caused Wilcoxson to drop to the ground in the middle of Maitland Drive.

The report states Wilcoxson, who remained conscious, 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.

Officers immediately requested an ambulance and a supervisor to the scene.

Wilcoxson was transported to Wake Medical Center by EMS. She is currently in serious condition.

No weapon was found on Wilcoxson or at the scene of the shooting.

The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation of the shooting and will present the completed investigation to District Attorney Colon Willoughby for review. The Internal Affairs Unit of the Raleigh Police Department is also conducting an administrative investigation of the use of deadly force by the officers.

Based on department policy, Officer Painter and Officer P. Matthews were placed on administrative duty pending the completion of the criminal and administrative investigations.

The detective division is investigating the crimes committed by Wilcoxson. All investigations are on-going.

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