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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Authorities have identified the man wanted in connection to the shooting of a detective that happened around lunchtime Thursday in the Creekwood community, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 leading to his arrest.
According to Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, authorities are searching for 30-year-old Brandon Davone Smith.
Smith is wanted for two counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. He is accused of being a part of the shooting of a detective.
Detective Michael Spencer with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force was shot in the leg, suffering a non-life threatening injury. Spencer has come out of surgery successfully and is expected to recover.
According to Brewer, law enforcement agents saw two suspicious men in a car Thursday just before noon and followed them as they drove into the Creekwood community, which is located on the north side of Wilmington, near Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy.
Spencer and a Wilmington Police detective tried to approach the men to talk to them, and Smith reportedly opened fire at the authorities, hitting Spencer. The Wilmington Police detective returned fire at Smith, who fled, but officials say that they don't think Smith was injured in the altercation.
According to Sheriff Ed McMahon, Spencer was hit in the upper leg, suffering a non-life threatening injury. Spencer has come out of surgery successfully and is expected to recover.
The driver of the vehicle Smith was with was taken into custody Thursday and has since been released.
"We will not stop until we have him in custody," said McMahon. "We are working some really good leads right now."
Anyone with any information regarding the shooting incident is asked to contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's at 910-798-4162 or submit a tip on their website.