The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled by Eric Ginsburg
TRYING TO LOCK UP SUSPECT BY LOCKING HIM IN Employees at a Sunoco on East Bessemer Avenue tried to lock a man inside the store after he entered with a gun in an attempted robbery on Sunday at about 12:30 a.m. The suspect shot at the door and was allowed to leave, but a store clerk pursued him on foot. The investigation is ongoing.
OFFICER SHOOTS SUSPECT AFTER CAR ACCIDENT Guilford County Sheriff Deputy Stephen Christman shot 24-year old Brandon Graves after Graves allegedly brandished a handgun at about 11:30 p.m. on March 11. The deputy was responding to a car accident, and Graves allegedly aimed a gun at emergency personnel. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, “attempts were made to wrestle the gun away from Mr. Graves but were unsuccessful.” The press release continues by saying Graves was shot once and Christman is on paid administrative lead pending an investigation.
ANOTHER SHOOTING AT MUSIC CITY Officers responded to a shooting at Music City on Boeing Drive at 3 a.m. on Sunday. Twenty-two-year old Devonte Smith was arrested while leaving the scene. Music City has been the site of much controversy and violence, including having their alcohol license revoked in 2009 and a shooting while this reporter was working as a valet.
WHEN ROAD RAGE BOILS OVER Vaddana Lang reported that two men driving a “pewter BMW” shot at him and the vehicle he was in after they were involved in a traffic argument at about 10 p.m. on March 9. Lang was driving near High Point and Holden roads when the argument began. He suffered a “superficial gunshot wound.” The investigation is ongoing.