Police: Three officers shot during standoff in North Carolina
Published 8:18 am Friday, February 5, 2021
Authorities in North Carolina say that three police officers have been shot and wounded by a suspect who is now barricaded in a home in the town of High Point.
WGHP reports that the standoff began at 11:15 p.m. Thursday.
High Point police Lt. Matt Truitt told the station that the officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One may need surgery.
Truitt said the incident began when the officers were doing a routine patrol and heard gunshots. They went to a house and saw a man on a front porch.
“He ended up retreating back into the house, and we ended up having a barricaded subject,” Truitt said.
Truitt said that more officers responded before the suspect started shooting. Three officers were struck. They were taken to a hospital.
“The people that we work with each and every day have been struck by gunfire,” Truitt said. “This is something that you never want to receive a call, those as far as another one of your coworkers has been struck by gunfire.”
The man remained barricaded as of 6 a.m. Friday. Police said they believe that no other people are inside the home.
“We do have a job to do, and we do have a duty to protect life as well, so that’s the reason that negotiations are being made and the house hasn’t been knocked down or however you wanna say it,” Truitt said.