Winston-Salem's Incoming Police Chief On Administrative Duty After Shooting Dog & Woman

11:26 AM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, N.C. -- The Winston-Salem Police Department says a police officer had a gun shot wound kit and immediately starting helping a woman who was injured during a call Wednesday afternoon.

Officer Mohammed Khan was with Assistant Chief Barry Rountree on a disturbance call involving weapons at a house on North Jackson Avenue. The person on the phone told emergency workers that a man armed with a gun with two barrels was standing on the porch and was pointing a gun at another person.

Khan and Rountree responded to the call by taking cover behind one of the police vehicles. Investigators said a medium sized boxer or boxer mix ran from around the back of the house and toward them. The dog was acting aggressively and charged at Assistant Chief Rountree who fired one shot that went through the dog and fragments of it struck the pavement, it then ricocheted and struck Tamara Whitt in the upper leg. She was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital where she was treated and released.

The Winston-Salem Police Department feels bad the woman was injured and hopes she recovers soon.

Animal Control officers later found the dog and noticed it had an injury on its rear leg. The dog is now in their custody and being cared for.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford spoke with Tamara Whitt. Whitt doesn't think her dog should have been shot. She said he wasn't being aggressive or even barking.

"I think it was poor judgment in the officer really because I was still so close. I just don't feel like he should have even fired a gun with me being that close" said Whitt.

Whitt added, "I'm just glad and blessed that it wasn't my head, my neck, or my stomach or anything you know. I'm just glad it wasn't worse than what it is."

Rountree is on administrative duty as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting as part of its standard procedure. The Professional Standards Division will also be looking into it.

The Winston-Salem Police Department said it's proud of incoming Chief Rountree and believes he sets a great example for other officers to follow.

Rountree will be sworn in as the next Winston-Salem Police Chief on Sunday June 30, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at City Hall. However Assistant Chief David Clayton will act as Chief of Police until Rountree returns to full duty.


WFMY News 2, WInston-Salem Police

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