WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Charges are pending against a 24-year-old man struck by police gunfire after he shot at police during a traffic stop, police said.
Margaret Robbin Wilder, 57, was driving a 1994 Mazda 626 with Elliott Denard Coleman, 24, in the front passenger seat around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 5300 block of Peters Creek Parkway near the line between Forsyth and Davidson counties, police told the Winston-Salem Journal.
Winston-Salem Police Chief Scott Cunningham said the shooting happened after the car officers were trying to pull over stopped in the middle of Peters Creek Parkway.
“When the officers activated their lights, the vehicle stopped right in the roadway in the inside lane right in the middle of the road. They did not pull over or anything like that,” Cunningham said.
Officers approached the car on both sides. One of the officers saw the passenger had a gun, and the officers told him to drop the weapon, Cunningham said.
“The individual in the front passenger seat with the weapon fired at the officers. All three officers responded back with fire from their side arms,” Cunningham said.
Coleman and Wilder were struck, police said, and were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. As of Thursday morning, neither Coleman nor Wilder are listed as patients at the hospital.
One officer suffered a minor injury to his arm.
Both Winston-Salem Police and the SBI are investigating.