UPDATE: The still unnamed officer who was shot Friday afternoon following a traffic stop in North Carolina has been released from the hospital.
GREENSBORO – A shooting after a traffic stop Friday afternoon left one man dead and a Greensboro police officer hospitalized.
The officer, who had not been identified as of late Friday, was part of a two-person patrol that conducted a traffic stop on a small red sedan about 4:30 p.m. at 5513 Romaine St., Police Chief Wayne Scott said. The name of the female officer who took part in the traffic stop also was not released as of late Friday.
Scott did not say why the officers pulled over the car.
After the car stopped, a male passenger later identified as 25-year-old Carlos Keith Blackman, address unknown, got out and ran, police said in a news release. The male officer chased him and there was a violent struggle, police said. Gunfire erupted about 200 or 300 yards from the original stop, Scott said. It was unclear how many weapons were involved.
The male officer, who had been shot once, was in stable condition Friday night and improving, according to the release.
A female officer involved in the stop was shaken up but uninjured, police said.
The driver of the sedan was arrested without incident, police said. Scott did not release the name of the man, who police later said was being held for questioning.
Investigators found police equipment strewn in the area along the path of the foot chase, Scott said. It was either lost or discarded as the men ran.
Scott said there is police body camera footage of the incident, but it had not yet been reviewed, and police did not know the length of the footage or how much of the shooting was captured.
Cameras worn by Greensboro police officers are on continuously, but the video is erased after 30 seconds unless the cameras are switched by hand to continue recording.
The State Bureau of Investigation was on the scene Friday night to assist in the investigation.
The officer who fired his weapon will be on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated, which is standard procedure. The police department’s Professional Standards Division will conduct an administrative investigation to determine if the officer’s actions followed procedure.
Joe Gamm is a reporter for the Greensboro News & Record. Contact him at email@example.com and at (336) 373-7090.
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