Winston-Salem police say a Raleigh man shot a police officer multiple times after a traffic stop early Monday morning.
Gary Giovon Lynn, 26, and the officer, Nicholas Wayne Powell, 27, were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening, Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree said during a press conference late Monday morning.
Rountree said Lynn should not have had a handgun because of previous convictions for robbery.
The shooting happened about 1:53 a.m. on U.S. Business 40 East, near Lowery Street, just east of downtown Winston-Salem.
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Rountree said a patrol officer, Adam Gardner, stopped a white Nissan Sentra for speeding. He said the officer smelled marijuana in the car and radioed for backup, and that after Powell arrived, the officers ordered three people to exit the car so it could be searched.
Lynn then got back into the car and attempted to drive away, Rountree said. Gardner went to the passenger side, and Powell went to the driver’s side, attempting to prevent Lynn from driving off.
Rountree said Powell was “still engaged with” Lynn when Lynn managed to put the car into gear and drive for about a quarter mile. A struggle ensued after Lynn produced a handgun and shot Powell multiple times. Lynn was also shot by his own weapon, Rountree said. It appears that Powell and the other officer did not fire their guns, he said.
Lynn was charged in Wake County with robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2009, state records show. One year later, he plead guilty to the lesser charges of common law robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, state records show.
He was sentenced to probation on Aug. 16, 2010, but ended up serving almost two months in prison after his probation was revoked in 2011, state records show.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident, which is standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings.