Sunday, July 14, 2024

Officer-involved shooting, spurred by woman brandishing knife, leads to 2 arrests

WILMINGTON —Law enforcement from the Wilmington Police Department responded to a call to an apartment complex after reports that a suspicious woman was armed walking through one of the buildings.

The Wilmington Fire Department was on the scene at Hawthorne Indy West apartments, 3950 Independence Blvd., as an alarm had been activated. Officers arrived just after 4:30 p.m. and heard from witnesses who said the armed woman appeared upset.

When officers approached the unit where the alarm was activated, they found a female inside the apartment holding a serrated knife. According to a press release from the WPD, the officers asked the woman to drop the weapon multiple times in order to de-escalate the situation, but she lunged aggressively at police, knife in hand. One officer discharged his duty weapon but no injuries were sustained.

“Per WPD policy, officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave,” a release from the department noted, per standard procedure. Since there were no injuries, the SBI wasn’t called to investigate.

37-year-old Stacy Rayburn from Castle Hayne has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, resist/delay/obstruct public officers, and failure to appear on a misdemeanor. She is currently being held at the NHCSO Detention Center with a $100,000 secured bond.

While inside the apartment, law enforcement located almost 26 grams of methamphetamine and two pounds of marijuana. They charged 50-year-old Daniel Edward Wasilas from Wilmington with PWIMSD schedule VI controlled substance, PWIMSD schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana, felony maintain dwelling controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held under a $50,000 secured bond.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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