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Leland police officer resigns following investigation into checkpoint shootout

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LELAND, NC (WECT) –A Leland police officer who fired his weapon during a DWI checkpoint incident last month has resigned, according to news release from the town.

An internal investigation found the actions of Officer Anthony Bernard to be justified, but it was determined that he violated a policy because he was not forthcoming with information in a timely manner.

Bernard was involved in a multi-agency traffic check incident where officers shot an approaching vehicle last month. Both the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff's Office conducted internal investigations as well.

All of those officers have returned to duty.

Antoine Graham and Jerry Melvin were shot during the shootout. They were both taken to the hospital for their gunshot wounds and later arrested.

Graham was charged with 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill on a government official, one count of flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, one count of felony conspiracy, one count of possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Melvin was charged with eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one count of felony conspiracy.

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