Incoming Winston-Salem police chief cleared after shooting woman in the leg

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Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree told city council members recently that a gun buy-back program can be part of an overall effort to reduce gun violence.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Incoming Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree has been cleared after he shot a woman in the leg Wednesday.

Rountree responded as backup to a dangerous weapon call on North Jackson Ave. Wednesday afternoon and fired his weapon at a dog he said was acting “aggressively.”

The bullet ricocheted off the ground and hit Tamara Whitt, the dog’s owner, in the leg. She was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she was treated and released.

The District Attorney called in the SBI to investigate the shooting, and after further investigation Rountree was cleared of any wrongdoing Friday afternoon.

According to a statement released by Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill, “Assistant Chief Barry Rountree’s use of lethal force was justified and reasonable under the circumstances. The investigation demonstrates that Assistant Chief Barry Rountree acted to protect himself and to protect the lives of others at 114 North Jackson Avenue in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on June 26, 2013 in accordance with state law.”

Rountree will be sworn in as Winston-Salem Police Chief on Sunday.


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