A Wake County MP was gunned down at Torquay Crossing in the apartments at River Birch; suspect Eddie Craig arrested

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) – A Wake County MP was gunned down on Wednesday morning.

This happened around 10 a.m. at Torquay Crossing on the River Birch in the apartments in downtown Raleigh.

Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker at a WakeMed press conference at 2 p.m. said the MP, who is in the department’s judicial division, was serving an eviction notice at the time of the shooting .

According to Baker, the deputy went to the apartment and did not get a response. The deputy then went to a few other apartments where notices were to be served as well, and then returned to the apartment where the shooting took place.

The occupant of the apartment opened the door, the deputy identified himself and then shots were fired from inside the apartment, Baker said.

The member was hit twice.

Raleigh officers responded and put the deputy in one of their vehicles. As they were leaving, Raleigh EMS arrived and transferred the deputy to an ambulance to take him all the way.

Baker held back tears when he thanked EMS for taking care of his deputy.

“They got our officer out of there,” he said.

Raleigh Police identified the suspect as Eddie Craig, 32. He surrendered after the shooting and was taken into custody. No other suspect is wanted. Authorities said he used an assault rifle.

Craig was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill, three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer with a firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill causing serious bodily harm.

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Baker said serving civil proceedings, like evictions, “is one of the most dangerous jobs you’re going to find in law enforcement.”

“You never know what’s going to be on the other side of that door when it opens,” he said.

Wake County Senior Public Information Officer Eric Curry became emotional during a press conference at the scene shortly after the shooting.

“We would like to thank all the law enforcement agencies that came to the aid of our deputy,” he said.

Baker said Deputy Sgt. Ronald Waller, who has worked in the department for over 20 years, is stable but would not comment further on his condition.

At 5:30 p.m., the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said Sgt. Waller is out of surgery and is recovering.

The Raleigh Police Department will investigate the shooting.

Former Wake sheriff laments shooting, examines danger

Donnie Harrison was Wake County Sheriff for 16 years. He knows the sergeant. Waller as well as the danger Waller faced Wednesday morning when he served that eviction notice.

“This young man has a personality. He’s got a smile on his face all the time. He’s one of those people that you love to be with, that you love having to work for yourself,” Harrison told ABC 11.

Harrison spoke to Eyewitness News about the dangers inherent in serving court orders.

“It is more than likely that (the deputy) made arrangements with the person or persons to be at their place at such and such a time to do such and such,” said Harrison.

The former sheriff said anyone who is served “absolutely” knows the officer is coming. It’s not often that this person waits with a gun to attack the officer, but Harrison says law enforcement must “be on guard.”

“There is no more routine traffic shutdown; no more routine to deal with anyone,” Harrison said. People have to be on guard. And that’s sad. “

ABC11 has been there for so much tactical training and refresher training for Wake MPs. Wednesday morning’s gunfire could result in a new coat.

“What could we have done better? And maybe there is nothing. But we still have to use it as a training tool to help protect someone else coming behind that person,” Harrison said.

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