Officer-involved shooting reported in Winston-Salem


Left: Officer Blevins, Right: an image of the scene. (Zachary Wonderlie/WGHP)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Winston-Salem police officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect at an apartment building on Saturday morning.

The shooting happened after police responded to an apartment in the 1100 block of Academy Street shortly before 9 a.m.

Police said three Winston-Salem officers responded to the apartment in reference to a suspect who may be homicidal or suicidal.

When police arrived, an officer and the suspect exchanged gunfire and the suspect later jumped out of a second-story apartment window, according to police.

Officer Larry D. Blevins, 48, shot at the suspect, according to police. Police said the officer told the suspect to drop his weapon, but the suspect did not listen. Police said it is not currently known how many gunshots were fired.

The suspect jumped out of the window and led police on a foot chase, according to officers. The suspect was later captured and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He has not been identified.

Police said it is too early in the investigation to know about what charges will be filed, if any.

Officer Blevins has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He has been with the Winston-Salem Police Department since May, 2010.

Officer Blevins was involved in another shooting in 2013, in which he shot a man in the leg after the man wrestled his stun gun away.

The other officers who were present during this shooting were Officer Cecelia Shaffer, 32, who has been with the department since July 2005, and Officer Cody Robertson, 28, who has been with the department since February, 2011. Neither of those officers fired their service weapons, according to police.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has assumed the investigation of this shooting, as is standard practice, according to police.

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