Statement Made by Chief Harry Dolan Regarding Maitland Drive Incident

At approximately 4:20 a.m. today, Raleigh Police Department officers were dispatched to the 3500 block Maitland Drive concerning a female who was creating a disturbance in the vicinity of a motel there.

Three officers who were nearby at the time of the dispatch responded to the location and each of them arrived at approximately the same time.
The officers were confronted by a female subject standing in the street. The female was yelling and appeared to be highly disturbed.

As the first officer began to approach the subject, she made statements and gestures threatening the life of the officer, which were immediately followed by her charging directly at the officer.

Multiple shots were fired by officers and the suspect was struck. None of the officers were injured.

A request was made for EMS, and additional RPD units responded to the scene. First aid was administered by officers on the scene. A perimeter was established to secure the integrity of the crime scene. A weapon was not located following the incident.

When EMS arrived, their personnel took over the medical response to the suspect and transported her to WakeMed, where she is currently listed in critical condition. The identity of the suspect is being withheld until next-of-kin notification can be made.

The preliminary investigation of the case has determined that the suspect checked into the motel late last night. At the time, she was accompanied by an infant. Following the incident that child was located in the suspect’s room and appeared to be in good condition. RPD personnel made contact with Social Services, which took custody of the child.

Pursuant to departmental policy, the State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to investigate the officer-involved shooting. The SBI’s investigation will be reviewed by the Wake County District Attorney.

The Raleigh Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident. In accordance with departmental policy, the officers involved in the incident will be placed on administrative duty.
Both the SBI’s investigation and the Internal Affairs Investigation remain underway.

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