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SBI probes Wilson police shooting
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SBI probes Wilson police shooting

A man who police say lunged at officers with a knife at a Wilson home will be committed to a hospital for mental health treatment.

Ryan Arcenio Borunda, 26, of 1800 Rand Road, is accused of attacking two family members with a knife and advancing on police with the blade Thursday. A Wilson police officer shot Borunda, state investigators said.

Police filed a petition for an involuntary commitment order on Borunda, Capt. Tad Shelton said Friday. Officers planned to have Borunda committed after his release from the hospital where he was taken after the shooting.

The State Bureau of Investigation is examining the Thursday afternoon shooting, which is standard procedure in cases when police use deadly force. SBI spokeswoman Jennifer Canada identified Officer Donald Lucas as the officer who shot Borunda.

Shelton said Lucas is on administrative duty while SBI agents conduct their investigation. The SBI typically presents the local district attorney’s office with its findings, and prosecutors determine whether police acted appropriately in their use of deadly force.

Borunda sustained one gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Wilson Medical Center before being flown by rescue helicopter to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, Shelton said.

A patient care coordinator said Friday night that Borunda was not listed as a patient at the Greenville hospital and may already have been discharged.

Borunda faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, Shelton said.

The Wilson resident received probation for an April 2010 assault inflicting serious injury conviction in Pitt County, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction. The Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville released an old booking photo Friday.

Borunda has pending traffic charges of driving while license revoked and displaying a canceled, revoked or suspended license plate in Pitt County, court calendars show.

Shelton said Borunda came after two adult family members with a knife Thursday afternoon. It wasn’t clear whether the victims had been stabbed or whether they’d received medical treatment.

Police were called to the home on a quiet Wilson cul-de-sac around 2:40 p.m. Thursday. Emergency dispatchers said a stabbing had been reported at the Rand Road house.

Police cordoned off the entire 1800 block of Rand Road while officers investigated the reported stabbing and SBI agents investigated the shooting. Neighbors watched the activity in clusters from across the street.

"I heard a gunshot and a woman scream, and within three to five seconds, I heard sirens,” said Jack Neal, who was on his porch about a block from the home. "I thought it was really unusual for police to respond that fast. Within seconds, the police were here.”

Rand Road residents described the street as quiet.

"You don’t ever know when something’s going to happen, do you?” said James Strickland, who’s lived in his home on the corner of Rand and Dover Street for 30 years. "It’s a nice neighborhood. I’m not scared to be here.”

Stacy Gesell said she learned of the shooting Thursday when a friend posted a message on her Facebook page asking if she was safe.

"We’ve been here for five years and we’ve had no problems,” she said. "I feel like we watch out for each other.”

The case marked Wilson’s second shooting in two days. Police on Friday night were still looking for one of two men accused of shooting a man and a woman in a Corbett Avenue home early Wednesday.

Paramedics found 21-year-old Ernest Brayshawn Lewis and 62-year-old Glenda Cain Williams suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at the home. They received treatment at Vidant Medical Center and were expected to recover from their injuries.

Police are looking for Antwan Delonte Horne, 22, of 706 Vance St., who faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree burglary in the shooting.

The other suspect, 23-year-old Travis Sentell Cox of 2207 Candlewood Drive, turned himself in on Wednesday. He was jailed under a $500,000 secured bond. | 265-7821
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