A Cumberland County, NC, sheriff’s deputy was shot and the suspect was killed during a gun grab attack this morning in the Emergency Department at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, authorities said.
A jail inmate shot the deputy in the leg at the hospital and the inmate then was shot and killed by a Fayetteville police officer, law enforcement reported.
The incident happened about 8:22 a.m. in the Emergency Department of the hospital, Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins told the Fayetteville Observer.
The deputy’s wound is not life-threatening, said Sgt. Jeremy Glass, a Fayetteville Police Department spokesman. Sheriff Ennis Wright said he was in good condition.
At the Emergency Department, the inmate tried to get the deputy’s gun and they got into a struggle, Wright and Hawkins said. “Fortunately, the deputy wrestled the subject, and luckily one of Fayetteville PD’s officers was there to help subdue the subject.”
The Fayetteville officer who shot the suspect was a detective who happened to be at the hospital for an unrelated case, Hawkins said.