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Winston-Salem Police, 2 Suspects Involved In Shootout

6:55 PM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- WFMY News 2 is staying on top of a shootout that happened around 6:30 pm, Wednesday night involving Winston-Salem police officers near the Davidson and Forsyth County line.

We now know that what looked like a random traffic stop was part of a narcotics investigation involving active warrants for arrest.

According to Lee Garrity, City Manager of Winston-Salem, police were pulling over a car at 6:30 p.m. on Peters Creek Parkway near Hickory Tree Road.

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.

WFMY News 2

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