A North Carolina man was disarmed and arrested after allegedly waving a shotgun at cars, then firing a pistol at a sheriff’s deputy.
A motorist in Raleigh complained to police that 62-year-old William Bruce Ray was in the road brandishing his weapon. When Wake County deputy D.R. Farmer arrived, Ray allegedly aimed a shotgun at him, according to local NBC station WRAL.
Farmer managed to grab the barrel of the gun and push Ray back, but the potentially deadly encounter wasn’t over.
“The man says, ‘I got something for you’ and reached in his pocket and came back with a pistol,” Wake County sheriff Donnie Harrison told the station.
As the two scuffled over the handgun, it went off.
Harrison told WTVD, the local ABC station, that the deputy could “almost feel the bullet going by him.”
No one was injured, and the deputy disarmed Ray.
“As a deputy, you don’t ever know what to expect when you’re approaching something like that, so your training kicks in,” Harrison told local CBS station WNCN. “And of course when the gun came up, it was automatic to him to get that gun away from him, and he did exactly what he was supposed to.”
Police said Ray had been drinking. He was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, but prosecutors told WTVD those charges could be upgraded to attempted murder.
“I applaud the deputy for what he did. He did a great job. His training kicked in and he did exactly what he was supposed to,” Harrison told WTVD. “Nobody got hurt and that’s a good thing.”
(h/t Raw Story)