Elliott Coleman Sentenced In Shooting Involving Winston-Salem Police Officers

6:18 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- A man who exchanged gun fire with police officers in Winston-Salem after a traffic stop earlier this year is now headed to prison.

Thursday, Elliott Denard Coleman II appeared in Forsyth County Superior Court where he pled guilty to Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Felony Possession of Cocaine.

Coleman received an active sentence of 23 to 46 months. In addition, he received 12-24 months for his weapon violation and for the drug violation the was sentenced to four to 14 months.

Background: Police said that on Tuesday, May 2 around 6:30 pm, Winston-Salem police officers attempted to stop a car near the Davidson and Forsyth County line. 

Officers said the stop was part of a narcotics investigation involving active warrants for arrest.

According to Winston- Salem, Police Chief Scott Cunningham, as uniformed officers approached the car, the male passenger started shooting at police. Police immediately fired back after demanding he drop the gun.

During this exchange, both the female and male in the car were injured.

The driver, Margaret Robbin Wilder, and the passenger of the car, Elliott Denard Coleman, were taken to Baptist Hospital with injuries. A hospital spokesperson told News 2 on Thursday afternoon that Coleman is no longer a patient. No word on Wilder's condition.

Garrity said one officer was hurt by glass, but none of the officers were seriously injured.

"First thing I ask is 'are our officers okay?' I've been through too many of those," said Garrity.

According to Garrity, there was an ongoing investigation that caused the initial stop of the car. Three patrol cars were involved.

The SBI and Winston-Salem Police Department were on the scene investigating.

The Winston-Salem Police Chief said that this was not a "wild west" shoot-out, but a reactionary situation by his officers based on training.

Three detectives and two officers were involved. All have been placed on administrative duty, which is routine.

Police will not release photos of the detectives.

Officer Charles Brackett has only been on the force for three years, and Officer James McMullen, has been on the force six months.


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