5 officers on administrative duty in shooting near Davidson-Forsyth Co. line
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Five Winston-Salem police officers have been placed on administrative duties following an officer-involved shooting that took place during a traffic stop Wednesday night near the line between Davidson and Forsyth counties.
The five officers were each present at the scene of the shooting, though only three were involved in the exchange of gunfire, police said.
Police said the officers who were present include Kim L. Jones, Robert J. Santiago, Jamison B. Keltner, Charles D. Brackett, and James R. McMullen.
Police did not say which of the officers were directly involved in the exchange of gunfire.
Margaret Robbin Wilder, 57, was driving a 1994 Mazda 626 with Elliott Denard Coleman II, 24, in the front passenger seat around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 5300 block of Peters Creek Parkway near the line between Forsyth and Davidson counties.
Officers were attempting to pull the car over when police said Wilder stopped in the middle of Peters Creek Parkway.
Three officers approached the car on both sides, when one of the officers saw Coleman had a gun, police said.
The officers told Coleman to drop the weapon, but police said he fired at them.
Each of the three officers returned fire, striking both Coleman and Wilder, police said.
Coleman and Wilder were both taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not clear.
One officer suffered minor injuries to the arm due to broken glass from the car’s window, police said.
Police said the traffic stop was initially made as part of a drug investigation.
Coleman has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of cocaine.
Wilder has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
The investigation is ongoing and police ask that anyone with further information would call Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800
No other details have been released.