The North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was shot in response to Thanksgiving night’s domestic riots after an armed suspect’s wife tried to take a gun from her husband, officials said Friday.
Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a home in Reidsville where three children were home shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday. When they arrived, the two MPs went in and 44-year-old Angel Galvin Silva entered from another room with a “handgun clenched in his waist,” officials said in a summary of events shared on Facebook on Friday.
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Silva’s wife seemed to be trying to disarm her by grabbing the gun. As he did, the gun slammed down, with one round of Tyler Wiseman’s deputy at his feet, police said.
Another deputy at the scene, Tyler Wray, safely retrieved the gun and detained Silva.
Wiseman suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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“We have a hard time doing law enforcement,” said Sam Page, Rockingham County sheriff. – It’s often dangerous. Yet brave officers like MEPs Wiseman and Wray answer the call every day and make themselves [sic] by way of damage.
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Police accused Silva of abuse by pointing a firearm at someone for a previous, unrelated incident. Officials say no charges are being filed against the sheriff’s deputy, as investigators found that “firing the firearm was not an intentional act.”