Posted: 1/2/2003 6:22:31 PM EDT
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SANFORD, N.C. -- Sanford police and the State Bureau of Investigation are looking into a shooting Wednesday night involving a police officer.
According to the police department, Officer R.T. Kendall observed a black Ford Bronco traveling on Dalrymple Street, near Globe Street, without any tail lights.
Kendall attempted to stop the vehicle which, according to police, sped up and turned into a private driveway at the intersection of Globe and Dalrymple.
The vehicle reportedly went back onto Globe Street, heading west. Kendall continued pursuit, following the vehicle west to Buchanan Street, crossing railroad tracks. After reaching a dead end, the driver reportedly turned and attempted to leave the area.
Kendall reportedly got out of his vehicle and attempted to get the vehicle to stop. According to police, the vehicle continued toward Kendall, who drew his weapon and fired at the vehicle.
The driver, Michael Smith, was struck in the arm, leg and stomach by the officer's gunfire.
Authorities did find a shotgun in the vehicle Smith was driving. Smith's father said the vehicle belonged to a friend.
Family members said they are upset over the incident.
"It's ridiculous for him to be shot down like that for whatever the reason was. For him to have been shot by the police, it's just unacceptable because he is still a person," said Ook Smith, Michael's cousin.
Smith is listed in stable condition at Central Carolina Hospital following surgery.
Officer Kendall has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation
No some things that where in the news cast but not in the report.
The officer used his duty gun and not a rifle or shotgun.
A department spokesperson said that the full-size bronco was driving straight at the officer the entire time.
now I am no ballistics expert but how do you shoot a guy in the leg with a pistol through the engine compartment?
Originally Posted By sherm8404:
He obviously shot the driver as the vehicle was passing him. He was obviously in front of the vehicle when he made his decision to use deadly force.
Why any cop would get out of their vehicle and think their mere presence will stop two tons of metal with an idiot behind the wheel is beyond me. Why escalate the force continuim if you don't have to.
What was the violation for the original stop?
Maybe he wasn't wearing his seatbelt.