WILMINGTON — District Attorney Ben David was on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in downtown Wilmington Thursday afternoon but, so far, no information has been released.
According to a tweet from the department, the incident occurred sometime this morning, near the intersection of Front and Chestnut streets.
The investigation is taking place near and around Chops Deli and the New Hanover County Public Library.
Police Chief Ralph Evangelous was also on scene but he, like David, declined to comment.
WPD investigating officer involved shooting on Front St. Avoid intersections near Front & Chestnut Sts.
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 7, 2017
Among the items on the ground visible to reporters Thursday afternoon was a gun and a baggie containing unknown items.
Meghan Klinedinst, who said she was downtown and witnessed the shooting, told a reporter that the shooting involved a black male.
Klinedinst said she saw the male reach for something and flee down an alley. She said she did not see a gun.The officer fired multiple times, according to Klinedinst.
Wilmington Police are asking citizens to avoid the area while the investigation continues. Officers with the State Bureau of Investigation had arrived on scene Friday afternoon.
Port City Daily reached out to the Wilmington Police Department for comment, but calls had not been returned at the time of publication. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.