WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A suspect in a police standoff in Wilmington was officially charged in the incident Friday.
Officers with the Wilmington Police Department fired shots Tuesday at a man who showed a handgun while trying to run away.
According to WPD spokesperson Lucy Crockett, officers encountered Jermaine Junior Cordova, 36, during a traffic stop on Prices Lane around 10:00 Tuesday morning. His passenger, Christopher Dashawn Williams was wanted on a warrant for two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with an incident on Frog Pond Place on Jan. 2, 2013.
When authorities approached the vehicle, Cordova was cooperative, but Williams jumped out of the car and ran away. That's when Cordova broke away from the officers and showed a handgun.
Crockett said as soon as Cordova displayed the weapon, officers fired. According to police, the bullet wound Cordova sustained was likely from an officer's weapon, although the case is under investigation. Crockett said the bullet went through Cordova's knee and the spent round has not yet been recovered.
Cordova ran towards a shed behind a home in the 400 block of Barclay Hills Place, where he hid until police were able to get him into custody.
According to scanner traffic, officers deployed several cans of some kind of gas into the property in an effort to bring out the man. The homeowner said he saw more than 20 gas cans flying through the air and into the shed.
Crockett said a negotiating team was on the scene and officials were not in a hurry with the negotiations. It took several hours before authorities took Cordova into custody.
Cordova was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injury. He has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon. His bond has been set at $100,000.
Williams was arrested Tuesday. He made his first court appearance Wednesday where he was formally charged with attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Williams is expected in court again February 14th.
Williams told WECT.com in a jailhouse interview that he is innocent. He said police have the wrong person charged in the Frog Pond shooting. Williams said he does have a record and feels like there's not much hope for getting out of these charges.