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Wake sheriff calls a news conference after the shooting by a deputy, but would not provide details

Wake County Sheriff Willie Rowe would not release information Wednesday about a shooting involving a deputy serving a deportation order.

Rowe called a news conference after the shooting and long standoff Tuesday in Raleigh, but would not provide details about the circumstances that led to the tenant being injured by gunfire.

Rowe would not answer questions about why the tenant was evicted, what led to the deputy firing a gun, whether the tenant was armed and the condition of the shooting victim.

Instead, he referred to unspecified protocols and said both the SBI and his office are investigating. He said the deputy involved is on leave.

He declined to identify the tenant or the deputy.

“It’s not appropriate,” he said.

The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at The Oaks Apartments in northeast Raleigh, not far from where US 401 splits from Capital Boulevard.

A deputy with a court order had tried to evict the tenant nearly seven hours earlier, but the man refused to leave.

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Around 5:30 p.m., officers entered the apartment, where one of them fired a gun.

The National Criminal Investigation Team will conduct an investigation, which is standard after shootings by officers.

Rowe cited the difficulties first responders face and said every effort has been made to resolve the issue peacefully.

“The game changer came when the individual refused to leave,” he said.

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