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Elderly Winston-Salem man charged after pointing gun at officers

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Friday afternoon on Butler Street in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree said an 80-year-old woman at 1937 Butler St. called 911 at 2:17 p.m., saying her husband threatened to kill her.

When police arrived at the scene, the 80-year-old man pointed a gun at officers.

Authorities said a Winston-Salem officer fired his gun at the man, striking him in the upper shoulder.

The man was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

The suspect, Richard Dumont Vogler, has been charged with two counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Family members said he has “mental issues.”

The officer who reportedly shot the suspect, Officer S.P. Cox, has been placed on administrative duty while the case is being investigated.

Cox has been with the Winston-Salem Police Department since November of 1999 and is currently assigned as a patrol officer in the Field Services Bureau.


    • Jesus H. Christ

      Guns help give you the freedom to talk your smack. Guns are also used to make sure you still have this privilege. If you don’t like this freedom then North Korea may be the place you need to go to.

  • Ann

    I think the violence has.more to do with the individual than a gun. A gun has to have a person on one end of it before it does anything.

  • Jean

    How do some people get “guns”? – not legally. If you point a gun or attempt to assault a police officer, your asking to be shot. Yes, there is the occasional bad officer we all hear about but most are just doing their job.

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