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Call of possible drunk driver came before fatal officer-involved shooting

Officials responded to the scene of a shooting in the Windsor Park community Friday evening that left one officer injured. (Source: WECT) Officials responded to the scene of a shooting in the Windsor Park community Friday evening that left one officer injured. (Source: WECT)
Jacob Schwenk being inducted into the Leland Police Department in May 2016 (Source: Leland NC Police Department Facebook page) Jacob Schwenk being inducted into the Leland Police Department in May 2016 (Source: Leland NC Police Department Facebook page)
LELAND, NC (WECT) -

A call about a possible drunk driver on Bridgeport Way preceded a fatal officer-involved shooting Friday night. 

Leland Police Officer Jacob Schwenk was shot several times and Brent Quinn was killed during an exchange of gunfire, according to District Attorney Jon David. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. 

Shortly before the shooting was called in at 8:50 p.m., a 911 caller reported a vehicle driving "all over the road" and that it had "taken out multiple mailboxes" in the Windsor Park community, according to Brunswick County Dispatch logs.

Schwenk responded, and was shot several times in the leg, as well as once in the chest, according to Leland Police Chief Mike James.

Schwenk was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to survive his injuries. His bulletproof vest played a big role in saving his life.

Mobile users can view photos of the scene here.

Leland officials said Monday morning that Schwenk's surgery was successful and that he is in stable condition.

"It's one of the things that you train for and plan for in some cases but when it actually happens it’s still a shock," said James. "We are blessed and lucky and thankful that the officer is going to pull through. He is going to have a long recovery but he is alive." 

Officials said that the town is fully paying Schwenk's medical expenses and his full salary will remain intact during his treatment and recovery.

Lt. Jeremy Humphries, a Leland Police spokesman, told The Associated Press the officer was placed on administrative leave as is routine in such cases. He says Schwenk is white, Quinn also.

A post from the Leland NC Police Department Facebook page shows that Schwenk was inducted into the Leland PD in May of 2016.

Quinn lived in the Windsor Park community.

Copyright 2016 WECT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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