RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – No charges will be brought against a Wake Forest police officer who shot and killed a suspect during a standoff Aug. 21.
Wake County District Attorney N. Lorrin Freeman said no charges will be filed against Officer Dustin d’Hemecourt in the shooting death of Alan Joseph Rushton.
On Aug. 21, 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.
During the course of a two-hour standoff, police attempted to use non-deadly force in order to get Rushton to surrender.
Authorities said Rushton was armed with two knives when officers confronted him.
Rushton struck an officer in the helmet with a knife before he was shot around 11 p.m., authorities said.
In a letter to the SBI, Freeman said d’Hemecourt was justified in using deadly force against Rushton.
D’Hemecourt has been with the Wake Forest Police Department since 2014.