Wilmington police officer placed on admin leave following hostage, chase incident

Wilmington police officer placed on admin leave following hostage, chase incident
Sgt. Matt Ingram was placed on admin leave following last Thursday's hostage, chase incident. (Source: WECT)
Sgt. Matt Ingram was placed on admin leave following last Thursday's hostage, chase incident. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following a hostage situation that turned into a chase and ended at WPD headquarters last Thursday.

According to city records, Sgt. Matt Ingram was placed on leave Thursday, Feb. 12, the day of the incident. Linda Rawley, Public Affairs Officer for the WPD, says Ingram was the officer involved in the shooting that occurred at police headquarters at the conclusion of the chase. Rawley says paid administrative leave is standard protocol with officer-involved shootings.

Officials with the Wilmington Police Department say no other officers have been placed on leave.

Last Thursday, Jairo Checo called police from his brown GMC Terrain around 5:20 a.m. saying he had taken his wife and children hostage and was threatening to kill them.

Officers rushed to the scene at Second and Chestnut streets and pursued Checo throughout the city and county for more than an hour. Crews from the WPD, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, State Highway Patrol and EMS were involved in the pursuit.

Police say the vehicle eventually headed towards the Wilmington Police Department and stopped at the rear of the headquarters. Checo exited the vehicle and refused to comply with officers. Multiple shots were fired by Wilmington police officers, but no one was hit.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

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