Details released after Winston-Salem shooting incident


Officer Michael Hodges (Photo courtesy, Winston-Salem Police)

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WINSTON–SALEM, N.C.  – Police say what appeared to be a long-barreled weapon being held by a suspect during a shooting incident on Tuesday was actually a pipe.

On Wednesday, police said the weapon being held by Dwayne Brett Jessup, 53, during the 30 minute incident near the 500 block of Friedberg Church Road was a pipe wrapped in black tape.

On Tuesday, Police said Jessup “pointed what appeared to be a long-barreled weapon at the officers” before one of the officers fired multiple shots at the suspect while taking cover.

Officers Michael Hodges, a 2-year veteran of the department, and Dana Rickert, a 1-year veteran, were placed on administrative leave as authorities conducted an internal investigation.  A photo of Rickert was not available.

According to police, the officers were responding to a 911 call when they encountered Jessup. The caller “was cursing and then hung up the phone” before officers arrived, police said.

Chief Scott Cunningham said the suspect then barricaded himself inside a home.

Additional officers along with the department’s SWAT team responded to the scene while attempting to contact the suspect.

Cunningham said the standoff ended around 7:15 p.m. when the suspect surrendered without further incident.

No injuries were reported.

Police said the suspect is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center, however a trial date and bond are pending.

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