Raleigh police officer, suspect in fatal shooting both wounded in exchange of gunfire

From staff reportsNovember 23, 2012 

— A police officer and a suspect were wounded Friday evening after a third man was found fatally wounded Friday afternoon outside an auto parts store in North Raleigh.

Officers were called to the parking lot in front of a Carquest store, 2635 East Millbrook Road, shortly after 2 p.m. where they found a man fatally wounded, according police spokesman Jim Sughrue. The man was identified by Raleigh police as Jay Gould Simmons, 53. Simmons was shot while in his pickup truck at the call location.

After police gathered enough information to identify a male suspect, they located him shortly before 8:30 p.m. in an area near the shopping center at Millbrook and Creedmoor roads. The suspect has been identified as Matthew Durwood Calton, 53, according to Sughrue. Simmons and Calton knew one another, and the incident was not a random act, according to Sughrue.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Calton approached two officers at the scene and fired a shotgun, according to Sughrue. One of the officers, M.M. Harmon, was struck in the arm by the shots, Sughrue said. Officer Harmon and fellow officer D.B. Moreland returned fire, and Calton was struck in the torso, Sughrue said. He was taken into custody a short time later.

Both Harmon and the suspect were transported to WakeMed with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, Sughrue said.

An arrest warrant has been obtained charging Calton with murder, Sughrue said, and additional charges are pending. The arrest will be processed when Calton's medical condition permits.

In accordance with departmental policy, the State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the officer-involved shooting. When completed, the investigation will be reviewed by the Wake County District Attorney. Also according to departmental policy, the Raleigh Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident and the two officers directly involved will be placed on administrative duty. Officer Harmon has been employed by the RPD since Jan. 7, 2005, and Officer Moreland was hired on Jan. 30, 2012. The officers are assigned to the Field Operations Division.

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