Police: Man seriously injured while trying to escape officers

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem Police are investigating after they said a man was seriously injured in a fall Saturday while trying to escape officers.

Derek Deron Stallings, 35, was injured near the 1300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive  a little after 10 p.m., police said.

Stallings was with four other people underneath the bridge on Ninth Street on railroad property, police said.

Stallings told officers he had a knife, police said. However, as officers tried to remove the knife, Stallings broke away from the officers and tried to run away, police said.

As he was running away, he fell 8-10 feet off the bridge ledge onto the railroad tracks below, police said.

Stallings suffered serious head and leg injuries, police said. He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

Stallings, who has no permanent address, had an outstanding warrant from Guilford County on a second-degree trespassing charge, police said. Police said they also found out Stallings was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police call the criminal investigation open, but no more charges have been obtained. As is procedure, police are also conducting an administrative review of the officers’ actions.

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