GPD Officer TL Simpson, Involved In Shooting after man attack her
Greensboro, NC -- A police officer who shot a man at an apartment complex Tuesday night was hailed for her "heroic" actions at a news conference Wednesday, while both she and the man continue to recover from injuries sustained in a violent altercation.
Ofc. TL Simpson, a 26-year veteran, shot 34-year-old Tommy Campbell Jr. during a struggle at The Hamptons at Country Park apartment complex just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy chief said during the news conference.
Deputy Chief Dwight Crotts said Campbell's wife, Kellie Campbell, called 911 at 7:29 p.m. because she feared he was going to hurt their 2-year-old son. Crotts says during the call, Campbell's wife said he was being treated for a mental illness but had stopped taking his medicine and had been acting irrationally since Monday.
While officers were en route, a female neighbor also called 911 to report Campbell had violently attacked her.
Ofc. Simpson was first on the scene. And while situations like this normally call for two officers to arrive before moving in, Crotts said Simpson made a "wise" and "heroic" decision to act alone to protect the child.
Crotts said Ofc. Simpson and Campbell's wife found him inside the couple's "ransacked" apartment. And while Campbell's wife went to secure the child, Campbell began "violently" assaulting Simpson, Crotts said.
Simpson tried to leave the apartment, Crotts said, but Campbell continued the "relentless" assault out into the breezeway. The officer used pepper spray, but Crotts said it had no effect on Campbell. During the struggle, Campbell ended up on top of Simpson - who then used her service weapon to shoot Campbell several times.
"She was in fear for her life," Crotts said, and had to fire to protect herself.
Police report that Campbell was still in critical condition Wednesday morning. Simpson was treated and released from the hospital overnight, but Crotts says she continues to suffer from concussion-like symptoms.
Campbell had not been charged as of Wednesday morning. Both a criminal investigation and an administrative investigation are underway, which is standard procedure. Simpson has been placed on administrative duty, which is also protocol for officer-involved shootings.