NC police officer involved in shooting; suspect allegedly charged at him with bat
HOPE MILLS, N.C. — Authorities say a Hope Mills police officer was involved in a shooting Sunday morning.
WTVD-TV reported that it happened around 8:45 a.m. near the intersection of Legion Road and Pinewood Drive.
Police say Officer L. Munoz was conducting a traffic stop when the driver Marcell D. Campbell, 31, became aggressive and attempted to assault him with a metal bat.
During the struggle, the officer discharged his stun gun, but the suspect then charged at him with the metal bat at which time Munoz shot Campbell.
The suspect then returned to his SUV and fled the scene. He was stopped a short time later by assisting Hope Mills officers at the dead-end portion of Pinewood Drive.
Campbell was transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Munoz has been with the Hope Mills Police Department since 2011, and was not injured during the incident.
Campbell will be charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and no operator’s license.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.