Ronald Waller: Wake County Sheriff says deputy shot while on duty is out of ICU and in “good spirits”

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – The Wake County Sheriff provided an update Thursday on the condition of a deputy who was shot in an apartment complex in Raleigh while serving a search warrant on June 2.

Wake County Sheriff Gerald M. Baker said he decided to hold a briefing after receiving numerous inquiries about the Sgt. The state of Ronald Waller.

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Baker began the briefing by announcing that an account had been created to help the family. Many people have asked how to help.

“Sergeant Waller’s life is forever changed as he continues to recover from his injuries,” Baker said. “The Wake County Sheriff’s Office created this account, with the blessing of the family, to help the family as they continue on the road to recovery.”

He said people can donate at any branch of the State Employees Credit Union to benefit the Ronald Waller Fund. They can also send donations by mail to the State Employees Credit Union c / o Ronald Waller Fund, 1595 Corporation Parkway, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Waller, who has worked in the service for over 20 years, suffered hip and knee injuries. He owns had two surgeries. Baker said Waller responded well to procedures and was not in intensive care.

The sheriff said he spoke with Waller’s wife and “she expresses her sincere thanks for everyone’s prayers and support.”

Waller is doing better, Baker said, and added that he has visited him several times.

He’s a “very strong young man,” Baker said.

Baker noted that the sheriff’s office is constantly evaluating what they are doing and how they are carrying out evictions. The office still has 44 eviction orders to execute in the next seven days.

“We hope it never happens again, but we are dealing with the unknown,” Baker said. “I cannot see through the door and the process will remain the same with extra caution to ensure the safety of MPs.”

He added that if MPs were faced with a non-compliance, the sheriff’s office would back down, reassess and consider bringing in a special response team.

“We are concerned about what will happen next time – we are dealing with people who have battled the pandemic, economic hardships and we are here to put them out and the reaction can be anything,” said Baker.

Waller, who is married and the father of a teenage son, was shot dead at River Birch at Town Center Apartments. Police identified 32-year-old Eddie Craig as being responsible.

Baker has previously said Waller has been hit twice.

“He’s in a good mood, he’s always been a happy man,” Baker said. “He understands the risks of this job and the risks that come with that day… he’s ready to go back to work, so he’s doing well.”

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.

Eventually Craig surrendered and was taken into custody.

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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