Officials say suspicion got the best of a Wake County elementary school employee after he and his son saw an unfamiliar vehicle traveling through his neighborhood shortly before midnight on Sept. 10.
Reginald Korty Davis Jr., 62, had good cause to be particularly sensitive of his surroundings, with a larceny occurring at his 5829 Enchanted Creek Circle residence southeast of Knightdale earlier in the month. But Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says Davis erred by taking matters into his own hands, confronting the driver of the suspicious car while wielding a handgun, which led to his arrest.
“He had the license plate number, a description of the person driving – even though he shouldn’t have tried to confront (the driver) – and he did have a description of the car,” Harrison said. “That was plenty ample for us to find the car and do our job. I guess that night he just decided he wanted to find out who it was.
“He had good intentions, but what he should’ve done is let us handle it. If he hadn’t have done what he did, we could’ve brought the (driver) back up there and gotten the same result without him pulling a gun and this ending up the way it did.”
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Davis was taken into custody at 1:15 a.m. Sept. 11 and charged with misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun and misdemeanor violation of Wake County firearms ordinances.
The neighborhood is just south of the intersection of Poole and Smithfield roads.
When deputies arrived in response to reports of both a gunshot and a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood, they stopped the car driven by the 30-year-old female victim.
The woman told deputies she got lost while looking for a friend’s house and that after she turned the car around, another vehicle boxed her in.
“(Davis) approached and she told him she was lost,” Harrison said. “Naturally, she got scared, and when she sped off she heard what sounded like a gunshot.”
Davis allegedly fired a 9mm pistol into the air, violating an ordinance since he was within 100 yards of a dwelling. The woman slammed on the brakes after hearing the sound, and at that time Harrison said Davis approached the vehicle again, with the gun drawn.
Harrison said the actions Davis was charged for weren’t only dangerous for the victim.
“If you come running up to my car holding a gun in the middle of the night, I don’t know what you’re trying to do,” Harrison said. “(Davis) could’ve got shot.”
Davis is a custodian at Barwell Road Elementary, between Poole and Rock Quarry roads in southeast Raleigh.
A man who refused to identify himself answered Davis’ phone Wednesday and said Davis was unavailable and would not speak about the incident.
After speaking with Davis at his home last Friday, WTVD reported that he is sorry about what happened, but that there had been some “stuff going on” in the neighborhood. WTVD also reported that Davis is on paid leave from the school while the case works its way through the court system.