SBI to investigate officer’s actions

Last updated: October 02. 2013 8:06AM - 8452 Views
Adelina Shee Staff writer

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PARKTON — The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting of an armed robbery suspect by a Parkton police officer.

According to Sheriff Kenneth Sealey of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Justin Wayne Hammonds, of 492 Council Road, Parkton, was shot in the hip by Parkton police Sgt. Lee Wilkerson on Thursday when he stepped out of a vehicle with a rifle in his hand.

Hammonds was taken to the Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and later released. He is now in the Robeson County jail.

Sealey said law enforcement officials were involved in a car chase with Hammonds and 22-year-old James Preston Dunn, of 125 Acadine Drive, Parkton, who are both believed to be responsible for the armed burglary of a home on the 700 block of Inman Avenue in St. Pauls on Thursday.

Sealey said Dunn and Hammonds stole personal items and a blue 2008 Honda Civic from the home, which belongs to two men, one who is 81 years old and the other 72.

“(They) heard a knock on the front door and when he opened it there were two gentlemen who had a long-gun rifle at the door,” Sealey said. “They pointed the gun at them and demanded for money.”

According to Sealey, lawmen tried to stop the vehicle after it was seen traveling on McIver Road. Sealey said police were able to capture both men when the car ended up getting stuck on some railroad tracks on Knatdale Road, about two miles outside Parkton. Hammonds was shot when he exited the car brandishing the weapon, according to Sealey.

Dunn and Hammonds are each charged with first-degree burglary, armed robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. They are being held at the Robeson County jail under a $100,000 secured bond each.

Parkton Police Chief Ronald Starling called the investigation by the SBI a “procedural thing.”

“I don’t feel like anything was done wrong,” Starling said.

The SBI as a matter of routine investigates when a law enforcement officer shoots and injures a person. The SBI’s report will be turned over to District Attorney Johnson Britt, who will make a decision on whether the officer acted properly.

Hammonds’ father, Judas Hammonds, visited The Robesonian on Tuesday and placed the blame on the county’s school system for Hammonds’ behavior.

“The schools make youngins think they don’t have to listen to us no more,” Hammonds said. “The system is killing our kids.”

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