Wake deputy hurt when shots meet search team at home

A Wake County sheriff's deputy received a minor wound early Tuesday when a special operations team arrived at a home on Old Watkins Road with a search warrant and someone began shooting at them, Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Shots broke out as soon as the squad arrived at the house about 3 a.m., Harrison said.

The deputies had gone to the home at 1436 Old Watkins, about a mile northeast of Interstate 540, to search for a gun they think may have been used in a shooting Monday, the sheriff said.

After the shots early Tuesday, deputies took two men into custody for questioning. One of them, Collin Stewart Price, 21, who lived in the home, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

In addition to Deputy Stephen Brooks, the sheriff’s office listed the second victim as Zakreigh Branton Baker, 20, of 9225 Dansforeshire Way in Wake Forest. It’s not clear if either of them was hit by a bullet.

“It was some kind of debris,” Harrison said of the deputy’s wound, which could have been caused by bullet fragments or pieces of an object that a bullet hit and broke.

Brooks was expected to be released from WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh after the wound was treated, Harrison said.

The special operations team was following up on an incident that resulted in a man showing up at WakeMed for treatment of a gunshot wound on Monday night, Harrison said. He said it was not yet certain where the man was when he was shot.

Harrison did not disclose if any evidence was taken from the Old Watkins Road home.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT