WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On the same night Wilmington Police launched a joint patrol effort with New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies to combat the city’s gang problem, officers wound up in a shoot-out after the latest late-night restaurant robbery. When it was over, two suspects were dead and a third was in the hospital.
Police say around 11:45 p.m. Friday three black men approached an employee outside the Pizza Hut at 2702 S. 17th Street. Investigators say the suspects forced the employee back into the restaurant at gunpoint and robbed the people inside.
When the suspects left the building they met police officers outside. WPD says the suspects refused commands from officers and gunshots were exchanged. All three suspects were injured and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A few hours later two of the suspects were pronounced dead.
Police say they had been monitoring local restaurants due to several recent armed robberies. Officers were close by the Pizza Hut when the robbery happened. Both Wilmington Police and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies responded.
No officers were injured in the shooting. A WPD spokeswoman said she could not release the names of any of the officers involved in the shooting at this time due to the SBI investigation.
Police have not released the names of the suspects until next of kin have been notified.
(Photo courtesy Wilmington Police Department)
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