Winston-Salem police officer shoots man in leg

Winston-Salem Police Officer Larry D. Blevins, 45, and Victor Darnell Fortune, 35, of Rural Hall.

Winston-Salem Police Officer Larry D. Blevins, 45, and Victor Darnell Fortune, 35, of Rural Hall.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Authorities said a Winston-Salem police officer shot a man in the leg after the man wrestled his stun gun away.

Police said it happened as officer Larry D. Blevins was on foot patrol in the 1500 block of North Liberty Street around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the officer saw a man walking down the road who he believed had illegal narcotics.

The officer went to approach the man and he did not want to talk, police said.

Police said a brief scuffle started in the street and the officer deployed his stun gun, but the man still managed to run off, leading the officer on a foot chase.

Police said the officer chased the suspect into a wooded area behind the Citgo gas station at 1522 N. Liberty St. where another struggle ensued.

The individual allegedly wrestled the stun gun away and shot the officer in the neck with it.

Police said the officer then fired two rounds, hitting the suspect in the upper thigh. The officer then reportedly took the suspect into custody.

The suspect was reportedly treated and released for a non-life-threatening injury from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

Police said the officer has trauma to his throat, but is in otherwise good condition.

Officer Blevins was put on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.

The suspect was identified as Victor Darnell Fortune, 35, of Rural Hall.

Fortune was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and distribute cocaine, resisting/delaying and obstructing a police officer and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Police said he was placed in the Forsyth County Jail and his bond has not yet been set.

Police said Fortune was also served with 12 outstanding drug related felonies which were not a result of this incident.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has assumed the investigation.

Police said Blevins has served with the department for more than two years and is assigned to the Field Services Bureau, Patrol Division.

Anyone with any information on this case can call the Winston Salem Police Department at 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 727-2800.