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1 person dead in DMV officer-involved shooting: Senior center robbed, incidents may be linked

By Olivia Neeley | olivia@wilsontimes.com | 252-265-7879
Posted 11/12/19

One person is dead following a Wednesday shooting involving a N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles officer.  

The State Bureau of Investigation has not identified the DMV officer involved in the …

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1 person dead in DMV officer-involved shooting: Senior center robbed, incidents may be linked

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Drew C. Wilson | Times
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One person is dead following a Wednesday shooting involving a N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles officer.  

The State Bureau of Investigation has not identified the DMV officer involved in the shooting or the person who was killed. SBI spokeswoman Anjanette Grube said the officer is not deceased.

The shooting occurred in the 600 block of Jordan Street. Multiple agencies arrived on the scene, where yellow crime scene tape blocked off portions of Meadow and Jordan streets Wednesday. 

Prior to the shooting, Wilson police responded to the Wilson County Senior Activity Center shortly before 8 a.m. regarding an assault and robbery, according to a press release. Wilson Police Sgt. Steve Stroud said people related to the senior center went next door to the DMV office on Goldsboro Street and spoke to DMV license and theft investigators. 

“The investigators, while investigating the incident, were involved in an officer-involved shooting in the 600 block of Jordan Street,” Stroud said in the press release. 

The police department is actively investigating the incident at the senior center, Stroud said Wednesday, adding that the police department assisted the N.C. DMV and the SBI with scene control after the officer-involved shooting.  

Authorities did not explain whether the robbery and shooting were directly related as of press time Wednesday. 

The Wilson County Senior Activity Center’s director was injured during Wednesday morning’s robbery, according to county officials. She has since been treated and released from the hospital, county officials said.

No arrests have been made in the robbery, Stroud said. 

Steve Abbott, assistant director of communications for the N.C. Department of Transportation, told The Wilson Times that no DMV employees or customers were hurt and that a DMV License and Theft Bureau inspector was involved in a shooting that took place several blocks away from the DMV office. 

‘IT WAS SO LOUD’

Nakita Darden, who lives on Jordan Street near where the shooting occurred, told The Wilson Times she was asleep in her bed when she heard two gunshots shortly after 8 a.m. 

“Once I got up, it was so loud, I thought it was at my house,” she said. 

Darden said she heard a neighbor screaming. That’s when Darden got up and ran to her front door. 

“Once I looked out the door, I looked to my right and I saw a man on the ground and an officer standing over him,” Darden said. 

Her neighbor had already called 911. Darden said she then turned her cellphone on and recorded what she saw at the time. She said police and other agencies responded quickly. 

Darden said she also saw an officer performing chest compressions on the man who was lying on the ground. 

“I never thought something like this would happen in my neighborhood,” Darden said. 

The police department referred all other questions involving the officer-related shooting to the SBI Wednesday. 

COUNTY EMPLOYEE INJURED IN ROBBERY

The Wilson County Senior Activity Center was closed Wednesday but will reopen Thursday. 

“We are extremely appreciative of the quick response of the Wilson Police Department,” said Wilson County Assistant Manager Ron Hunt. “We are very thankful that our staff are safe and while things could have been worse, we are very blessed despite today’s incident.” 

Hunt said Wednesday’s incident was not a result of any security issues. 

“We have never had an incident like this,” Hunt said. “However, when something like this occurs, we must pause and reflect on what we have learned. We will be meeting with staff to review our procedures. Any ideas and improvements that we can make, we will make them.” 

Hunt said the senior center staff received a surge of love and support, especially from many seniors who use the facility on a daily basis. 

“The senior center is not defined by this one incident today,” Hunt said. “Instead, it’s defined by all of the other days of being a safe place for citizens and a place of compassion, fun and activity. We look forward to returning to that on Thursday morning.”

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