DA: Police officer won't face charges for shooting at suspect

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The district attorney says no charges will be brought against a police officer who fired at a suspect on Monday.

Jacksonville police say they were called to the Champagne Lounge inside the Red Carpet Inn on North Marine Boulevard around 1:00 a.m. Monday for shots fired.

Officers say they found a "major disturbance" with people fighting and running from the area. Police say they began searching the hotel area for a man with a gun.

During that search, police say Rodney Pridgen "made a threatening movement with the firearm at the officers" and Corporal Cristopher Wilson fired his weapon.

Police say Pridgen was not hit by the gunfire.

Corporal Wilson was placed on administrative duties, which is standard procedure with officer-involved shootings. D.A. Ernie Lee said after reviewing the investigation, there is "insufficient evidence for any criminal charges" against the officer.

Pridgen was arrested the day after the shooting.


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The man wanted in connection to a case that turned into an officer firing his gun has been caught.

Rodney Pridgen, Jr., 22, of Jacksonville, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer/public official with firearm and going armed to the terror of the public.

He was taken into custody and charged around 5 p.m. Tuesday. He's being held under a $50,000 bond.

Police say they were called to the Champagne Lounge inside the Red Carpet Inn on North Marine Boulevard around 1:00 a.m. Monday for shots fired.

Officers say they found a "major disturbance" with people fighting and running from the area. Police say they began searching the hotel area for a man with a gun.

During that search, police say Pridgen "made a threatening movement with the firearm at the officers" and Corporal Cristopher Wilson fired his weapon.

Police say Pridgen was not shot during the incident.

Corporal Wilson has been placed on administrative duties, which is standard procedure with officer-involved shootings.

The investigation is ongoing.


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A Jacksonville police officer has been put on desk duty after firing his weapon early Monday.

Police say they were called to the Champagne Lounge inside the Red Carpet Inn on North Marine Boulevard around 1:00 a.m. for shots fired.

Officers say they found a "major disturbance" with people fighting and running from the area. Police say they began searching the hotel area for a man with a gun.

During that search, police say a person "made a threatening movement with the firearm at the officers" and Corporal Cristopher Wilson fired his weapon.

"At this time, we do not believe that the subject was shot and the officer is placed on administrative duties until the incident is reviewed," said Capt. Ronnie Dorn.

Police say they found a weapon while they are still searching for the suspect who is described as a black man in his early to mid-20s, weighing between 165 and 170 pounds with average height and slim build. The man was wearing long khaki pants with darks shorts under them an no shirt.

Anyone with information on the case should call police at 910-938-6412 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034.