North Carolina – A driver ran a stop sign on Sunday and then fired shots at an officer, according to Fayetteville police.
Police said a car driven by Desiree Breshay Smith, 26, of Corrinna Street in Fayetteville, ran a stop sign around 11:30 p.m. Police said Smith tried to flee the scene and fired gunshots at an officer.
According to a report from WNCN, the incident began when an officer spotted a 2006 Chevrolet Impala as it blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Fieldcrest and Dashland Drives.
As the patrol unit pulled behind the Impala, the driver allegedly opened fire before he had initiated a traffic stop. Luckily, the officer was not injured.
“As soon as he saw that she was firing shots, he initiated his emergency equipment and she began to flee,” Fayetteville Police Sergeant Jeremy Glass told WRAL, a news affiliate in Raleigh.
Smith fled from the scene but was later apprehended by the same officer after her vehicle become inoperable.
When Smith emerged from the vehicle, three shell casings fell from her lap onto the street. A stolen firearm and shell casings were located in her car, police said.
Smith was arrested at a traffic stop and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of a stolen firearm, felony flee to elude arrest, failure to stop at a stop sign and careless and reckless driving.
Smith was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday under a $25,000 secured bond.
Smith did not have any outstanding warrants at the time of the shooting, and her motive for opening fire on the officer was unknown.
Sgt. Glass started that Smith was not cooperative with investigators.
She was initially booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $25,000 secured bond.
During her initial court appearance on November 25th, Smith claimed that she was a student with a stable job, and denied having prior run-ins with law enforcement.
“I’ve never been in trouble before – never ever,” she told the judge. “I’m not guilty of anything they’re saying. I work. I go to school.”
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office disputed her claims, and Judge Stephen Stokes increased her bond to $100,000.
Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the incident.
The Fayetteville officer will not find himself in the same boat as an Oklahoma police lieutenant.
The insanity of giving criminals more rights than our protectors has fully gone full-blown. For the first time ever within the United States, a police lieutenant is being indicted for a murder charge for taking down an active shooter.
I assure you; you didn’t misread that: a cop is actually being charged for shooting and killing an armed suspect who had opened fire on police and citizens.
A police lieutenant that is based out of Blackwell, Oklahoma has just been indicted earlier this week for second-degree murder in the May 20 killing of a woman during a vehicle pursuit, in which shots were fired at the officers involved in the pursuit.
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Supporters of Blackwell Police Lieutenant John Mitchell say the suspect was an active shooter, which reports associated with the incident substantiate. Of course, various other media outlets have described the deceased woman as a “road rage suspect.”
But if they want to argue, I suppose it does require quite a bit of rage to open fire at police.
Oklahoma City grand jurors concluded Lieutenant Mitchell acted without justifiable or excusable cause in the events that led up to the death of Micheal Ann Godsey and engaged in “imminently dangerous conduct” toward her as well.
If the lieutenant is convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. Apparently, we’ve gotten to a point where police are no longer allowed to protect their lives and the lives of others.
Defense attorney for the lieutenant, Gary James, said that Mitchell acted lawfully to stop what any reasonable person would describe as an active threat.
James went on to say, “She shot at the police twice. She has shot at her mother twice. She has shot at a private citizen. We know she fired other rounds around town. And Mitchell gets in behind her. He took his AR-15 and he started shooting through the front windshield at her.”
I’m sure the outrage culture would have preferred if he only used his pepper spray in defense of his life. Godsey was found dead in the driver’s seat of the pickup she was driving during the incident, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in May.
Police say dispatch had received a call about an active shooter on May 20 of this year who was going around town shooting. Then the active shooter allegedly began firing at the officers as well. A lot of gunfire was exchanged, and the woman was killed following a pursuit.
Upwards of 60 shots were reported, which is why some say he was indicted, but supporters disagree.
Sean Ingram, one of the many Mitchell supporters that have come out to speak logic to the surrounding nonsense, had this to offer regarding those who think shooting too many times at a suspect is somehow immoral when they’re a threat to others:
“To me, you return fire until the threat is neutralized, and you don’t know if it’s going to be one or one hundred. He is the most honorable person I know, and I will back him all the way.”
According to his attorney on the case, Mitchell had just completed training on how to deal with an active shooter and was cleared by an independent internal affairs review of the incident.
So why was this even presented to a grand jury of internal affairs cleared the shooting as without incident?
A bevy of Blackwell residents were astounded by the indictment. After the news broke locally, residents showed their support for the officer who is being wrongfully prosecuted for doing his job and protecting his community.
One supporter even sported a shirt donning a thin blue line flag and the words “Justice for John” emblazoned underneath the flag.
For the law enforcement community, the indictment has sent a chilling shockwave of concern, summed up by the state president of the fraternal order of police, Jason Smith.
“This would be the first time in American history that a police officer or anybody was charged with the crime of murder for shooting at an active shooter.”
In today’s world, criminals are allowed to shoot at people, and those who we trust to protect us, are slowly losing the ability to shoot back.
It seems like as we “progress” as a nation, we’re putting criminals way ahead of our protectors.
And to that matter, criminals are seemingly even more of a priority than their victims.
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