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Charges Filed In Winston-Salem Officer-Involved Shooting

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police in Winston-Salem have released more information about a shooting last Friday involving two officers.

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Assistant Police Chief Connie Southern said in a news conference Thursday that Officer Ferguson initiated a traffic stop on James Edward Plater's car because his registration expired and was overdue for an inspection.

Southern said Plater didn't cooperate with Ferguson. She said Plater revved his engine, put it in reverse and hit Ferguson in the knee. Plater also hit the rear bumper of Ferguson's car, according to police. That's when police say Ferguson fired at Plater's vehicle.

"We are trained to stop the threat and the threat in this case was automobile heading towards him subsequently struck him and his patrol vehicle," explained Southern.

Officer B.K. Ayers was in the area, near Cleveland Avenue, on an unrelated call. Southern said he heard the "shots fired" call and went to help. He saw Plater driving on North Liberty Street and fired multiple shots after the vehicle was heading towards him, according to Southern.

Plater's green Cadillac Seville crashed into the side of Gilmore's Funeral Home.

Police charged Plater, who remains in the hospital, with two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Driving While Licence Revoked, Expired Registration and Expired NC State Inspection. He was formally charged in his hospital room Thursday afternoon, where he is under police watch.

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Aonta De'Vaux Ruth was the passenger in Plater's vehicle. He was also shot during the incident with police. He was treated and released the same day. Police have not filed any charges against him.

He has a different account of what happened last Friday morning.

"When we got to I want to say, Ivy and 16th, he flew around my friend, he cut on his lights and got behind us. We didn't reach Liberty Street the cop came around and rammed us  and got out of his car and started shooting," said Ruth.

He added, "We can't tell you what the officer sounds like, he probably couldn't tell you what he sounds like. There were never words exchanged, never noting thrown, no kind of confrontation."

Southern said the SBI, who is investigating this case, did not find any weapons in Plater's car. But, they did find an open container.

Ferguson and Ayers have been placed on Administrative Duty while the SBI continues to investigate.

Plater is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 21. He was issued a $100,000 bond.

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