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A Winston-Salem police officer shot and killed a car theft suspect after the man assaulted the officer during a foot chase downtown.

Police responded about 8 a.m. Sunday to a reported car crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. where witnesses said a man fled from the scene. After officers discovered the vehicle was stolen they broadcast a look out for the suspect. An officer spotted the suspect downtown almost immediately and began to question him when the man ran away. Cpl. D. W. Walsh, of the bike patrol, encountered the suspect in a wooded area in the 500 block of West Seventh Street and attempted arrest.

Police said the man assaulted Cpl. Walsh during the arrest attempt, causing Walsh to fire a single round from his gun. The man, identified as 26-year-old Montez Dewayne Hambric of Durham, died later at Baptist Medical Center. Detectives learned that Hambric was on paroled for a 2009 robbery conviction in Kentucky.


Police in Winston-Salem believe that a law aimed at preventing spray paint sales to minors needs more public attention.

The law was passed in 2010 and an initial enforcement campaign in 2011 resulted in charges against more than half of stores targeted by the WSPD Gang Unit. An enforcement campaign last week saw charges brought against 12 of 36 stores, which is a violation rate of 33 percent.

According to the ordinance, it is illegal to sell spray paint to someone less than 18 years of age unless they are accompanied by a parent. It is also illegal in Winston-Salem for a minor to possess spray paint in a public facility or within 50 feet of an underpass, bridge or culvert.

During the recent enforcement campaign police accompanying minors entered 36 stores that sell spray paint canisters. The 12 clerks that sold spray paint were issued a citation and the business was provided with information about Ordinance 38-15. !