Officer Shoots At Kidnapping Suspect In Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A suspect is in custody, and an officer is on administrative duty after a standoff involving an officer firing a gunshot.

Winston-Salem police officers responded to a home on Northwoods Circle after 9 p.m. in response to a reported assault on a female.

The victim told police her boyfriend, Daniel Earnest Akers, assaulted her while the two had an argument. The woman's 3-year-old daughter was home at the time, according to a news release.

Police say the woman did have minor injuries, but paramedics treated her at the scene.

While detectives interviewed the woman, Akers walked out of the house, carrying what appeared to be a rifle. Officers on scene at the time say they told Akers to drop his weapon; Akers, instead, pointed it in the officers' direction.

Police say Officer L. Castellano fired a single shot at the suspect, and Akers ran back into the home, refusing to exit when officers told him to do so.

Officers say they then moved the female victim to a new location while officers formed a perimeter around the home, and the S.W.A.T. team headed to the scene.

Negotiators tried to convince Akers to come out of the home. Officers reported seeing him holding his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, but he later released her unharmed.

Akers came out of the home after a short standoff, and police arrested him. He's charged with first-degree kidnapping, misdemeanor child abuse, assault on an officer and assault on a female.

Akers was not injured in the standoff.

Police say the weapon Akers was carrying was likely a pellet rifle, but officers did find and seize several guns inside the house.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Officer Castellano, a 3-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department, has been placed on administrative duty while the Professional Standards Division investigates the incident. This is standard procedure in cases where an officer fires his gun.

The Winston-Salem Police Department asks anyone with information on this investigation to call 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.


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