Officer and suspect hospitalized after altercation

by Amy Kingsley

An altercation that ensued after a traffic stop early on Jan. 9 ended when both the driver and the officer had to be transported to Moses Cone Hospital.

Suspect Donhal Jamarrovis Devon Wall dragged Officer JB Tucker some distance with his Mitsubishi Diamante before the policeman shot him, according to a Greensboro Police Department news release. Both were treated and released from the hospital.

Officer Tucker, a six-year veteran of the police force, has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation by Internal Affairs. Wall, a 19-year-old black man, was released later on Jan. 9 after posting a $5,000 bond on charges that included felony assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer and driving without an operator’s license.

None of the charges stemming from the Jan. 9 incident indicate why Officer Tucker pulled Wall over near the intersection of South Elm Street and Andrew Street. Capt. Gary Hastings, commanding officer of the criminal investigations division, did not return phone calls.

Attempts to reach Wall’s family also proved unsuccessful. A Guilford County criminal background check revealed only one conviction for failure to wear a seatbelt. Wall will go to trial in February on the Jan. 9 charges and a number of previous allegations, including breaking and entering, felony larceny and assault on a female.