Questions remain after incoming Winston-Salem police chief shot woman in the leg
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity said despite an ongoing investigation into a shooting involving incoming Police Chief Barry Rountree, Rountree will be sworn in on Sunday as planned.
Investigators say Rountree shot Whitt in the leg after responding to a dangerous weapon call at 124 North Jackson Ave. around 1:30 p.m Wednesday, after a 911 caller reported a man was standing on the porch with a large gun pointed at another person.
Rountree and Officer Mohammed Khan, responded to the scene stationing themselves behind Khan’s vehicle.
Tamara Whitt, who lives nearby, says her boxer-mix dog “Lebrone” heard the officers and went down the driveway as she followed. Police, however, say the dog ran toward Rountree and Khan, acting in an “aggressive manner.”
Rountree fired at the dog, his bullet grazed the dogs leg, hit the pavement and struck Whitt in the upper thigh.
Whitt says Rountree did not immediately come to help her after she was shot.
“He did not come to me. He backed away,” says Tamara Whitt after being released from the hospital. “He just backed up and I saw the cell phone come out … he walked across the street over there by that car over there and he was on his phone … and I told the SBI he did not come to me.”
Whitt’s fiance’, William Gore, said he is the one who alerted officers Whitt had been shot.
“I know no one was attending to her. It wasn’t till I started raising hell that someone went over there trying to look at the wound or anything,” said Gore.
Acting Police Chief David Clayton said that’s not entirely true. He says Rountree radioed for help then called his supervisor, Assistant City Manager Derwick Paige, as city policy requires.
“Chief Rountree was very concerned but the officer who had best training and best equipment provided immediate first aid to Miss Whitt,” said Clayton.
Lebrone, the family dog, is ok and in the custody of Forsyth County Animal Control.
The SBI is still investigating the incident, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.
Assistant Chief Rountree has been placed on administrative duty, while an investigation is conducted. His swearing-in will be held as scheduled on June 30, however, Assistant Chief David Clayton will be acting as chief until Rountree returns to full duty.
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