Bond reduced for man accused of shooting at Winston-Salem officers

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Two-way communication between Winston-Salem police officers and dispatchers appears to show officers were fired upon while they were performing vehicle maintenance at 650 Rams Drive in Winston-Salem about 8:45 p.m. Thursday night.

Two officers heard rounds of gunfire being discharged in their direction. The officers immediately took cover and called for help.

"I had a bullet that went past me," one officer is heard saying one the two-way police scanner traffic.

Three people were detained in the following minutes. Two of them were released, but 24-year-old Ravon Walster Rousseau Jr. was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession schedule IV controlled substance, discharging a firearm in city limits and injury to real property.

A search of the area resulted in the discovery of three handguns, and narcotics near where Rousseau was located.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by FOX8 Friday, Rousseau tried to murder officer H. Sturkie "by firing numerous rounds from a firearm in the direction of the victim." He also did allegedly attempt to murder Officer C. Mathews, according to the warrant.

However, on Friday evening, Winston-Salem police sent a news release that read, in part: "Shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning, numerous detectives and Forensic Services Technicians returned to the scene of this incident to continue the investigation. Authorities were able to locate and seize a vehicle near the scene that Mr. Rousseau was believed to have been operating on the evening in question. Evidence seized from that vehicle included ammunition, firearms storage cases, and paper targets consistent with those commonly used for purposes of target practice.

"While the evidence developed since the initial charging of Mr. Rousseau does not contradict the initial investigative findings, it does raise questions as to whether the officers were intentionally targeted by Mr. Rousseau.

"Earlier this afternoon, Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill filed a motion to reduce Mr. Rousseau’s bond related to the charges, until the investigation into those allegations can be completed."

Rousseau remains in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond.