A 62-year-old white man in Raleigh, N.C. was safely apprehended Tuesday after firing a gun in a skirmish with local authorities.
According to WNCN, William Bruce Ray was observed by motorists standing near a road and pointing a shotgun at drivers.
When authorities approached Ray and successfully wrestled the shotgun away from him, he pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot, which did not strike anyone.
A local deputy was then able to apprehend Ray and take him into custody.
“As a deputy, you don’t ever know what to expect when you’re approaching something like that, so your training kicks in,” Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. “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.”
The incident might have gone unnoticed beyond local reports were it not for the obvious contrasts with the subsequent news of two black men killed in separate police shootings within 24 hours of each other — one of whom was reportedly carrying a concealed weapon legally and made the officer aware of that before being shot dead.
[h/t and video WNCN]
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