Winston-Salem Police Department Provides Update on Officer-Involved Shooting
Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Winston-Salem Police Department has released new information regarding the officer-involved shooting that took place on Sunday. The incident, which resulted in the death of one person, occurred in the 5000 block of Silas Creek Road.
According to authorities, the police were called to the scene at approximately 1:40 p.m. after receiving a report of a firearm being discharged into a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who informed them that his neighbor had fired shots at his car.
As officers were speaking with the victim, the suspect emerged from his home armed with a long gun before retreating back inside. The officers took cover immediately and began issuing verbal commands to the suspect. The suspect then reappeared and fired the long gun in the direction of the officers.
In response, one of the officers returned fire and struck the suspect. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were called to the scene and provided aid to the suspect, but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The deceased suspect has been identified as 66-year-old William Michael Fulk. Thankfully, no officers were injured during the incident.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will conduct an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Additionally, the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct an internal investigation through its Professional Standards Division to ensure that all protocols and procedures were followed.
As per department protocol, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.
WSPD Chief William H. Penn stated that the police had responded to calls at this location in the past.
The Winston-Salem community is now waiting for further updates on this unfortunate incident. The investigation is ongoing, and the authorities are urging anyone with additional information to come forward.
Please stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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