Friday, May 20, 2022

UPDATED: Man in custody following officer-involved shooting near Kmart

Wilmington police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting. Photo courtesy of WPD.
Wilmington police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting. Photo courtesy of WPD.

A Wilmington man was arrested after allegedly approaching a Wilmington police officer with a gun near the Kmart on South College Road Friday afternoon.

According to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley, the officer fired one shot at 48-year-old Warren Taylor Small after Small reportedly approached the officer with a handgun.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at 1:30 p.m. Friday while the officer was on patrol behind Kmart on South College Road.

“The officer instructed Small repeatedly to drop the gun, however he refused,” Rawley said. “The officer fired one shot at Small, missing him. When police arrested Small they discovered the handgun was an unloaded pellet gun. Officers say he was also extremely intoxicated.”

Small is in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Facility on charges of assault by pointing a gun and going armed to the terror of the public.

The officer involved—who police have yet to identify—is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Isaac Bear Early College High School was locked down briefly during the incident but the lockdown was lifted once Small was in custody.

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