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Officers cleared in shooting incident on Lullwater Drive

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Two officers were put on leave last month after a shooting incident on Lullwater Drive. Two officers were put on leave last month after a shooting incident on Lullwater Drive.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two Wilmington police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with a shooting incident in November, according to District Attorney Ben David.

The officers R. Raper and B Cookson were called to respond to reports of a breaking and entering on Lamp Post Circle on November 6th, where a man told them three other men kicked in his back door and pointed a gun at him.

He went on to explain the three men ran away from his apartment and into a nearby wooded area behind the building. The suspects then came back around the apartment complex and got into a car.

After searching the area, officers spotted the accused suspects sitting in a gold Cadillac parked off Lullwater Drive.

According to police, the officers went to the vehicle and told the suspects to show their hands. The three men refused, and the driver accelerated and charged at the officers with the car.

That's when two officers fired several shots at the Cadillac, hitting one of the men in the leg.

The two officers who fired their weapons are on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is standard procedure.

"These officers will return to work as soon as possible," Chief Ralph Evangelous said at a late afternoon news conference.

Jhahie Dunham Mitchell, 20, Derrick Anthony Hayes, 19, and Gerrod Rashon Hughes, 19, were all charged with:

• conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon
• attempted 1st degree burglary
• (2 cts) assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer

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