Raleigh police officer attacked with tree branch to face


Police charged a 31-year-old man Thursday with hitting a Raleigh officer in the face with a 14-inch tree branch.

The officer, S.T. Henry, had cuts on the face and neck, Wake County court records said.

Raleigh police were investigating damage to a 2008 Volvo when the officer was attacked, according to arrest warrants. The car had $200 in damage.


Bobby James Woodlief was charged with resisting a public officer, injury to personal property and assault injuring a law officer, which is a felony.

He was jailed with his bail on the charges set at a combined $21,000.

Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.