A police officer who was shot while responding to a break-in call at an apartment Wednesday afternoon was hit by a round fired by another Raleigh police officer, according to the police department.
Police say the suspect in the break-in, Chijioke Kennedy Madueke, was also hit by gunfire and remains hospitalized at WakeMed. Police say Madueke, 28, was armed with a knife during the encounter with police.
Madueke was in serious but stable condition early Thursday evening, according to Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.
The officer who was shot, C.N. Chandler, was treated and released from WakeMed, according to the department. He and two other officers – R.D. VanHouten and T.A. Duford – have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation. It’s not clear what role the other officers played in the incident or which one fired the shot that hit Chandler.
The shootings took place about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at 1230 University Court in the Lake Park Condominiums, off Lake Dam Road south of Avent Ferry Road in West Raleigh. An emergency dispatcher told officers that the person who reported the break-in said he had been told that a tenant he had evicted that morning had returned to the apartment and broken in, according to a recording of the police radio traffic released Thursday.
Court records indicate that Madueke’s landlord, Siddharth K. Patel, had sought to have him evicted from the apartment for not paying October rent of $340 and refusing to leave. In a claim filed in district court on Oct. 21, Patel wrote that Madueke “has locked the room so I am not able to inspect the room/apt. He is also physical (he pushed me with intent to hit) last time I visited the apt.”
Patel returned to court Nov. 7, when a small claims judge issued the order that evicted Madueke from the apartment. Madueke was not present during the hearing, court records show.
Madueke had signed a rental agreement that began June 9 and was supposed to continue month-to-month after July 31, according to a copy of the agreement filed with the court. Patel told the court that he notified Madueke in writing on Sept. 15 that he needed to “vacate my unit” by Oct. 8. Another document indicated that Madueke rented a room within the apartment.
Patel could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Patel described Madueke as “a student at a university,” in a court affidavit. Michelle Fauver, a spokeswoman at Wake Technical Community College, said Thursday that Madueke first enrolled at the school in the spring of 2009 and was last enrolled in the spring of 2012.
“He did not receive a degree,” Fauver said.
An N.C. State University spokesman said Madueke is not enrolled there.
Madueke, whose last name is also listed as “Madweke” on court records, was charged by Cary police on Aug. 30 last year with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to records at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
Cary Police Capt. Randall Rhyne said Madueke was accused of using a knife to cut a sibling on the face. The victim was not transported to the hospital for treatment, Rhyne said Thursday night.
A month later, Madueke pleaded guilty to the lesser crime of misdemeanor simple assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay court costs, court records show.
Following Wednesday’s shooting, Raleigh police notified the State Bureau of Investigation, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting. The SBI will submit its findings to the Wake County District Attorney.
The Raleigh Police Department will provide a public report on the shooting to the city manager within five business days. Mayor Nancy McFarlane said that report would be the appropriate time and means to answer the “many questions related to the shooting.”
“I do ask the public to join me in wishing all those involved a speedy recovery,” McFarlane said in a statement. “And I would echo what we’ve heard recently in our Community Conversations: As a community we need to support each other in difficult times and not make assumptions or rush to judgment. We are able to face adversity when we stand together as a community.”