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Raleigh police officer hospitalized after shooting at condo complex

Police involved shooting scene at Lake Park Condominiums in Raleigh

VIDEO: Law enforcement gather at the complex on University Court in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon where a police officer was injured and hospitalized after being involved in a shooting incident. The officer and a person police described as a susp
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VIDEO: Law enforcement gather at the complex on University Court in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon where a police officer was injured and hospitalized after being involved in a shooting incident. The officer and a person police described as a susp

A Raleigh police officer was shot during an encounter with the suspect in a break-in at a condominium complex near Lake Johnson on Wednesday afternoon, according to the department.

The shooting took place about 2:45 p.m. at 1230 University Court in the Lake Park Condominiums, off Lake Dam Road south of Avent Ferry Road. The officer and a person that police described as a suspect were taken to WakeMed, both with gunshot wounds. Neither the officer nor the suspect was killed, said city spokesman Damien Graham.

Police were responding to a break-in at one of the condos when “one of the officers and the suspect sustained injuries as a result of gunshots,” according to a statement released by the Raleigh Police Department shortly before 6 p.m. The statement did not provide additional details, including the names of the officer and the suspect.

The department later said that the officer was being treated for “serious but non-life threatening injuries,” and that the suspect was in critical but stable condition.

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.

Resident Dylan Bounds, 23, was sitting in his apartment in another building when he heard two or three police cars pull up and he went out onto his balcony. Within five minutes, several more police cars arrived, and Bounds said he saw a police officer run out “bent over, breathing heavy.” He said the officer took off his shirt and vest, and “you could see a little red spot.”

A short time later, paramedics brought someone else out on a stretcher, he said.

Philip Palmer, who lives in an apartment in an adjoining complex, said he heard the gunshots through the door to his screen porch.

“It sounded rapid fire. It was multiple shots,” said Palmer, 26. “It was fast.”

Palmer said he soon heard a lot of “upset voices” that sounded like they were coming from outside the condos at Lake Park.

“Eventually we heard people saying ‘Wake up,’” he said. “A group of people all frantically trying to get someone to wake up.”

Police kept people at a distance from the apartment building, including residents.

Meredith Dann, 24, has lived at Lake Park condos for more than a year.

“This is crazy,” Dann said as she waited outside the police line that separated her from her home. “For the most part, it’s a safe area, although there are some sketchy people who live here.”

Antonio Neville, 21, has lived at an adjoining complex since February and described the area as a “quiet neighborhood.”

“Nothing like this has ever happened before,” Neville said. “It makes me sort of nervous, especially since it was a cop.”

Photographer Jill Knight contributed.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling

VIDEO: Philip Palmer, 26, who lives in the complex, heard shots fired, upset voices frantically saying "Wake up!" at scene of shooting incident.

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