WAKE FOREST — Police said Wednesday that a shooting that injured a man at a downtown auto-care business on Tuesday afternoon was accidental, but two men remain charged with running from police who were trying to determine what happened.
The shooting occurred as Truman Lyons and three other men were sitting in a Volvo car outside the Autocare & Quick Lube on East Roosevelt Avenue at about 4:30 p.m.
Lyons was looking at a loaded handgun when it went off, striking him in the leg, according to town spokesman Bill Crabtree.
Lyons, 20, got out of the car, and the other three men drove off, Crabtree said. Police stopped the Volvo on Longhouse Street in the Crenshaw subdivision, and an officer detained the driver, whose name has not been released.
But the other two men fled on foot, Crabtree said, prompting a search that also involved Wake County sheriff’s deputies, State Highway Patrol troopers and Wake County Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.
They found Anthony Evans in the parking lot of the Carolina Ale House off N.C. 98 at about 5 p.m.
And about 20 minutes later, they found Branden Dinkins hiding in a freezer at a nearby Buffalo Brothers restaurant that has not yet opened.
Each was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer, and later they were freed on $1,500 bond, according to Wake County sheriff’s records.
Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard praised the assistance of the public and the other law enforcement agencies in helping find Evans and Dinkins.
“We were able to establish a wide perimeter in a short amount of time thanks to the responsiveness and the cooperation of surrounding law enforcement agencies,” Leonard said.
“We also received several invaluable tips from residents, so I want to thank everyone for helping us resolve this matter so quickly,” he said.