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OFFICER FIRES AT FLEEING SUSPECT

by Jeff Sykes

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OFFICER FIRES AT FLEEING SUSPECT

A Winston-Salem police officer fired his gun at a man who fled from a traffic stop when police suspected he may have drugs in the car.

Officer S.W. Houle had opened the driver’s door and asked Kenneth Pinkey Jr. to step out of his Mercedes ML430 after stopping the car just after 10:30 p.m. March 9 in the 2400 block of S. Stratford Road. Officer Houle developed probable cause to search the car for controlled substances and opened the car door. That’s when police say the driver sped off with Houle still holding onto the driver’s door.

Houle drew his weapon and fired one round into the Mercedes, according to police reports. The driver fled but police caught up with him 10 minutes later on Jonestown Road. Police say he drove the car into a wooded area but was captured moments later by officers.

Neither the driver nor the officer were injured, but the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the officer involved shooting, as is standard procedure in North Carolina. Police charged Pinkey with felony speeding to elude arrest and bond was set at $8,000.

BATTLEGROUND CIRCLE K ROBBED

On March 9 at 5:30 in the morning Greensboro officers responded to Circle K at 3701 Battleground Avenue reference to armed robbery from a business. A white male entered the store displaying a knife and demanded money from the clerk. The subject took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot. The subject was last seen running west on New Garden Road. There were no injuries.

Western Patrol Officers, CSI and UNCG Police K-9 responded to the scene. The suspect is a white male about 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 230 pounds. He was wearing a plaid lumber jacket and a red hoodie. His face was covered by a dark toboggan and scarf. Crimestoppers is seeking help identifying the suspect. Call them at 373-1000 or text BADBOYZ and your tip to 274637.

FIVE-YEAR-OLD CHILD RAPED

Winston-Salem Police Officers responded to a report of a rape of a 5 year old child at 1515 Apt. 26-B Bruce Street. A Hispanic male was reported to have entered the apartment and committed the act and fled the area.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation; which is in its early stages. !

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