Winston-Salem, NC-Assistant Chief Rountree has been cleared by the Forsyth County District Attorney regarding his choice to shoot a dog and unintentionally shoot the dog's owner.
On Wednesday, the incoming Winston-Salem police chief Barry Rountree was responding to a call about a man in the area with a large gun. Rountree shot a dog that came running from a nearby house. A fragment of the bullet ricocheted and hit the dog's owner, Tamara Whitt.
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The Forsyth County District Attorney's Office requested the State Bureau of Investigation conduct an investigation into the shooting. The SBI completed its interviews of the officers and witnesses and then met with Forsyth County District Attorney, Jim O'Neill, to review its findings.
Based upon the aforementioned facts, the Forsyth County District Attorney has concluded that Assistant Chief Barry Rountree's use of lethal force was justified and reasonable under the circumstances. The investigation demonstrates Rountree acted to protect himself and to protect the lives of others at 114 North Jackson Avenue in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on June 26, 2013 in accordance with state law.
The individual who was seen carrying a large gun has not been found.
Whitt's dog is in the custody of the Forsyth County Animal Control awaiting the owner to comply with vaccination, taxing, and licensing requirements.
Forsyth County District Attorney