Winston-Salem officer shot, suspect charged

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem officer was shot early Sunday morning while responding to a reported assault, according to police.

The officer responded to 615 Anson Street around 3:15 a.m. It was originally reported that a female had been assaulted and there was a man possibly inside the home armed with a firearm.

Officers J.D. Barnes, C.M. Hayes and C.A. Arauz responded to the call.

Police said the suspect, Carmelo Santiago-Oliva, 36, of Winston-Salem, fired four shots through the closed door, toward officers after they knocked on the door.

Officer J.D. Barnes with the Winston-Salem Police Department

Officer J.D. Barnes with the Winston-Salem Police Department

Officer J. Barnes was hit on the left bicep and was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he is in stable condition. His injuries are non-life threatening, police said.

Police said the suspect surrendered to officers after about 10 minutes of negotiations.

Carmelo Santiago-Oliva has been charged with two counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault on a female.

Police said the suspect was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond and has court planned for April 10.

Winston-Salem police said the officer did not return fire.

29 comments

    • 2b1ask1

      I wonder if you would have shot back if you had been shot. Never mind, I forgot that leftist, limp wristed, hussein worshipping liberals don’t beleive in guns. I guess you could have done like your hero biden suggested….”Stab ‘em with a fork!”

    • Kristin

      Karen, you are an absolute IDIOT. Someone was SHOT. Sounds to me like the officers were doing their job by responding to an assault. Should they not have done that? YOU are what is wrong with the world. These people go to work and face this danger with every single call they get. They have families, wives, husbands, children, etc. I will not sit here and let scum like you say things like this. I hope to God you are never in trouble and need the police. Take your ridiculous talk somewhere else. Have a great day!

    • Wayne S. Swanson II

      POLICE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH POWER! As a retired police officer I was in a fire fight in that my Lieutenant was shot standing beside of me because of the don’t shoot unless you are shot policy! They should have had back up and never should go into a call alone!

  • wild man

    kill or be killed you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight i know if some one is shooting at me i am returning the favor i don’t care if it hurts some ones fillings you only have one life to live if your going to die. die shooting back

  • sorry sir

    there where atleast 6 kids in the apartment and the woman he was assaulting that is probably why.

  • sorry sir

    there officers are very good officers and do there job well but they probably didn’t fire back because of the other people in the apartment.

    • Jeannie Heath

      Someone who realized they could not fire back blind/through a door because of others inside the apartment. For all they knew he could have been using someone as a shield. Instinct would be to return fire but it’s not always possible. Can you imagine what the replies would be had the officer fired and killed the woman or a child? They did it right and glad the officer will be ok.

  • Sniper762mm

    I would like to know immigration staus of Mr. Carmelo Santiago-Oliva is, whether or not he has a NC drivers license, and if we “forced him to break the law” and fire thru the door at the police officers.

  • Blue Line

    This post is for Karen!! Don’t encourage raging police!!! People like you are the first to pick up the phone and dial 911 and call for help when needed. As a former Law Enforcement Officer it makes me SICK TO MY STOMACH to read such statements! This could have ended with a loss of life! Shoot thru the door?? Are you serious?? What planet are some of you people living On? This officer would have faced departmental discipline for firing thru a door!! I’m happy that the Officer(s) who risk their lives day in and day out is going to be o.k.

  • Rex

    I am so thankful the officer will be ok. People like Karen make me sick, these men and women are risking their lives on these calls responding to idiotic thug low life’s , probably like yourself. You worthless scum will be the first to call the police to save your butt and the first to complain about the way they handle what people like you should be able to handle yourselves. These men and women deserve not only our thanks but our SUPPORT!

  • Megan

    Karen you are absolutely right. As for the rest you unintelligent idiots how about acquiring some much-needed education before commenting you Trailerpark idiots.

  • Darryl Crouch

    Domestic calls are some of the most dangerous calls for police officers. Either party can turn violent in anger against the police because to them it’s a personal affair. Hope officer Barnes has a speedy recovery.The officers performed well in showing restraint and not escalating danger to the other residents.

  • FaithC

    Glad this officer will be ok. He showed great courage in not firing through a closed door where he knew others were even though he was shot at.

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