Suspect in custody after officer shot in Forest City

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FOREST CITY, N.C. (WSPA) – A suspect is in custody after an officer was shot Monday morning in Forest City.

According to Forest City Police Chief Chris LeRoy, officers were called to Hill Street around 8:30 a.m. for a suspicious person who was reportedly armed.

Akeil Franklin (From: Rutherford Co. Sheriff’s Office)

LeRoy said officers found 20-year-old Akeil Franklin, who was wanted for probation violations, in the woods nearby.

When officers attempted to speak to Franklin, LeRoy said that he pulled out a gun and fired at officers.

One officer was hit by gunfire. LeRoy said officers returned fire but did not believe Franklin was hit.

Police said the officer, Jamie Hill, was airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center and is currently critical but stable condition. The police chief said Hill has been with the Forest City Police for three years.

Numerous officers from around the area assisted in the search for Franklin, LeRoy said.

Sr. Officer Jamie Hill

Police said that Franklin is charged three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Assault on Law Enforcement with a Firearm, and three counts of Resisting a Public Officer.

The other two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave during the course of the investigation.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has also been called to investigate.

All three officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, the police chief said.

Forest City Police said Franklin was taken into custody around 4:00pm.

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