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.


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