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Wilmington police identify suspect, officer involved in downtown shooting

Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in downtown Wilmington. (Source: WECT) Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in downtown Wilmington. (Source: WECT)
Officer Phillips accepting an award earlier this year. (Source: WECT) Officer Phillips accepting an award earlier this year. (Source: WECT)
Raymond McGriff Jr. (Source: NHC Detention Center) Raymond McGriff Jr. (Source: NHC Detention Center)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Police have identified the suspect and officer involved in a shooting on North Front Street in downtown Wilmington Thursday.

The suspect, 29-year-old Raymond McGriff Jr. of Brunswick County was hospitalized in police custody at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before being jailed on Friday. He suffered two non-life threatening gunshot wounds during the encounter Thursday afternoon.

McGriff is facing numerous charges including resisting a public officer, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, and going armed to the terror of the public. His bond was set at $5,000.

According to officials, the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Front Street. Officer Adam Phillips was approached by a citizen claiming that a suspect was walking around the area with a gun.

A short time later, witnesses say they heard gunshots and saw McGriff running towards the New Hanover County Library, where he was taken into custody by a deputy with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

Phillips has been with the Wilmington Police Department for nine years and is assigned to the Downtown Task Force. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affair's investigation. The SBI is also investigating the shooting.

District Attorney Ben David said details of the incident will be released after the investigation.

"We have to sift through a lot of testimonial and physical evidence and video evidence to understand all the facts and details before speaking intelligently in either a courtroom or in a court of public opinion," he said.

Phillips and another officer, Matthew Ake, were presented with the Life Saving Award by Mayor Bill Saffo during a city council meeting in January 2017 for stopping a woman who attempted to jump off the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge last year.

Phillips was flagged down by a DOT worker who spotted the woman on the bridge. The woman was reportedly climbing over the railing as Phillips approached her. He then grabbed her and kept her from jumping until Officer Ake could arrive at the scene.

An internal investigation by the WPD in 2014 found that Phillips used excessive force during an arrest in May 2014. A man said the officer went too far when taking him into custody. Video shows the officer hitting the man on the legs a few times, leaving bruises on his body.

Court records show that McGriff was granted a prayer for judgement for resisting an officer in 2012 in Brunswick County. In 2014 he was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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