Cops Worried About Their Own Safety Unload Guns At Car In Unconstitutional DWI Checkpoint
(MikeHansonArchives) According to Ingram, deputies saw Graham and Melvin throwing things from the vehicle before they got to the checkpoint. Deputies were able to recover a gun and a bag of weed.
The sheriff said it is unclear at this point if the two items belongs to either of the suspects.
Ingram said the suspect’s car did not stop as it approached the DWI checkpoint in Leland, so deputies opened fire on the oncoming car. The vehicle, however, made it through the checkpoint without stopping.
The chief said one suspect got out of the car and tried to run but was caught. The other suspect continued to drive, and deputies used a pit maneuver in an attempt to stop the car. After the spinout, the car kept going so offers opened fire on the vehicle again because they believed there was still a threat to their safety.
Ingram said he was not sure how many bullets were fired during the incident.
No officers or civilians were injured in the shooting, but a New Hanover County Sheriff’s patrol car was hit by a bullet. Sgt. JJ Brewer with NHCSO said the officer was not inside the vehicle when it was shot. The car was parked at the checkpoint.
According to Ingram, Graham and Melvin both had multiple gunshot wounds. They were taken to the hospital for treatment after the shooting. Melvin has since been released and Graham remains listed in good condition.