Wake County

Wake Forest man fatally shot in police standoff

A knife-wielding man was fatally shot Friday night when he rushed at officers during a standoff in his home, police say.

Alan Joseph Rushton, 38, of the 1100 block of Chamberwell Avenue, brandished a large kitchen knife after officers arrived in response to a domestic disturbance call at about 8:30 p.m., police said Saturday in a news release.

Rushton barricaded himself in a room and refused to drop the knife, police said. A police tactical unit and negotiators arrived, but after about two hours, Rushton charged officers, police said.

Officer Dustin d’Hemecourt, a member of the tactical unit, shot Rushton, who was taken to WakeMed, where he died, police said.

D’Hemecourt was placed on paid administrative leave, as is customery in officer-involved shootings, while the State Bureau of Investigation and Wake Forest Police Department Internal Affairs Unit investigate.

D’Hemecourt has been on the police force since February 2014.

Second shooting

This is the second deadly shooting involving Wake Forest police this year.

On May 6, David William Johnson, 18, was fatally shot by two officers after a chase. Johnson crashed his car and after he got out, refused to drop a handgun, police said. Johnson was a senior at Wake Forest High School before he withdrew in January.

The officers, David Cohen and Darryl Ragland, were cleared to return to duty May 26, a town spokesman said.

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