WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – A man police say charged at officers with a kitchen knife was shot and killed by a Wake Forest police officer Friday night.
The shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. at 1117 Chamberwell Ave.
The man, who has been identified as Alan Joseph Rushton, 38, was transported to WakeMed after being shot by a Wake Forest police officer, police said.
Authorities responded to the home on Chamberwell Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m. in response to a domestic disturbance. Upon their arrival, officers attempted to speak to Rushton, who fled to the second floor of the home, police said.
In a 911 call made before the shooting, the caller details the domestic dispute.
The caller said Rushton cornered her into a closet and slammed her face into a door frame. He also disabled the home’s wifi and locked her cellphone, preventing her from calling family for help, according to the caller.
“He’s not going to go easily,” the caller told the 911 dispatcher.
Police said that officers attempted to make contact with Rushton on the second floor at which time he displayed a large kitchen knife. After multiple commands to drop the knife, Rushton barricaded himself inside an upstairs room.
Rushton was alone in the home when police arrived except for a St. Bernard dog, the 911 call revealed.
The caller describes the dog as a “big baby.”
“Just please don’t hurt my dog,” the caller said.
Police called in the Tactical Service Unit to the scene, as well as a crisis negotiator. For approximately two hours, negotiators asked Rushton to surrender, but he refused to and made numerous threats, police said.
Rushton then charged officers with the knife which resulted in the officer firing his gun at the suspect.
The officer who fired his weapon at Rushton has been identified as Officer Dustin d’Hemecourt. The officer has been a member of the Wake Forest Police Department since February 2014.
Police said that Friday evening marked the second time in two months Wake Forest Police responded to Rushton’s home. On July 21 officers responded to a domestic disturbance in which Rushton had also barricaded himself inside the home and communicated threats. In that incident he exited the residence after several hours.
The State Bureau of Investigation and Wake Forest police are investigating the shooting and d’Hemecourt has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard issued a statement.
It is a tragedy any time our officers are forced to use deadly force against a citizen we are sworn to serve and protect. We worked extremely hard to peacefully resolve the situation in an attempt to get Mr. Rushton the help he needed. Unfortunately, by his actions, he forced the response of our Tactical Service Unit. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Rushton’s family, as well as to Officer d’Hemecourt.”
The investigation is ongoing.
This is the second time since May that a Wake Forest police officer has shot and killed a suspect.
David William Johnson, 18, died on May 6 after he was shot by officers at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Grandmark Street. Police said that Johnson led police on a chase, crashed his car and then refused to drop the gun he was armed with.
Police said that officers D. Cohen and D. Ragland gave multiple verbal commands to Johnson to drop his weapon. Johnson failed to comply and both officers fired their weapons, striking Johnson multiple times.
Both officers were placed on paid administrative leave.