RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina police officer was critically wounded in a Monday morning shooting. The suspect accused of firing shots at officers has been captured, according to a report.
Forest City Police Chief Chris LeRoy said three officers responded to a report of an “armed and dangerous” person in the Hill Street area at around 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival they encountered 20-year-old Akeil Franklin, WSET reported.
According to law enforcement authorities, Franklin was known to the officers and wanted for probation violations.
Akeil Franklin (Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)
During a Monday afternoon press conference, Chief LeRoy said officers began to try and communicate with Franklin. However, he aimed a weapon at police and opened fire.
Officers returned fire, according to LeRoy. During the gun battle, Officer Jamie Hill suffered a critical gunshot wound.
Hill was taken to Spartanburg Regional Hospital by air ambulance. He is currently in the ICU after having undergone at least one surgery. He is in ‘critical but stable’ condition, police said.
Franklin was taken into custody Monday afternoon without further gunfire, although details were not immediately available. It was unclear if Franklin was wounded during the exchange.
BREAKING: Forest City Police confirm Akeil Franklin was taken into custody without incident. We’re heading to the scene now. @WLOS_13
— Andrew James (@AndrewJamesNews) August 9, 2021
As a result of the crimes, Franklin faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of assault on a law enforcement officer, and three counts of resisting a public officer, according to WSET.
Prior to the shooting, Franklin was wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for probation violations for the offenses of common law robbery and assault inflicting serious bodily injury.