Woodruff Police Officer Shot in OIS

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Woodruff Police Officer Shot in OIS

2016-03-14T12:16:23+00:00March 14th, 2016|SC Police News|Comments Off on Woodruff Police Officer Shot in OIS

A Woodruff police officer was shot Monday morning while responding to a call in Woodruff, according to Spartanburg County emergency dispatchers.

The shooting happened on the 500 block of Harrison Street near New Bethel Road.

Chief Alan Bledsoe with the Woodruff Police Department confirmed an officer was shot in the arm, and, at least, one person was in custody as of 6:40 a.m.

The injured officer was rushed to the hospital.

Bledsoe said the officer is expected to recover. He said the bullet passed through clean without hitting anything major.

Chief Bledsoe said he will hold a news conference about the injured officer at 10:30 a.m. FOX Carolina will stream the news conference live.


UPDATE 11:30pm

A man who was wanted on drug charges is accused of shooting a Woodruff police officer Monday morning while the officer was serving an arrest warrant, according to Woodruff police Chief Alan Bledsoe.

The shooting happened at a home along the 500 block of Harrison Street just after 6 a.m..

Bledsoe said Sgt. Darrell Dawkins made entry into the house to serve arrest warrants on Dennis Ray Alexander and Michael Goggins, who were both wanted on distribution of crack cocaine.

Dawkins identified himself and was then shot in the arm.

The injured officer could hear a young child crying out from a back bedroom and did not return fire in fear of harming the child, Bledsoe said.

The accused gunman, Alexander, put down the weapon and surrendered. Both Alexander and Goggins were arrested at the scene.

Bledsoe said a toddler related to one of the suspects was also in the home.

Bledsoe said the bullet passed through Dawkins’ arm clean without hitting anything major. The sergeant, a 24-plus year veteran, was treated at the hospital and released.

“He’s doing just fine and chomping at the bit to return to work,” Bledsoe said at a news conference after the shooting.

Spartanburg County deputies will charge Alexander with attempted murder of a police officer later Monday, Bledsoe said.

Both suspects have extensive criminal histories.

Bledsoe hopes the seriousness of the charge against Alexander will keep him behind bars this time.

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