Suspect Charged In Police Shooting Convicted Of Drug, Gun Charges

A man accused of shooting an Elizabeth City police officer in the chest has been convicted of firearm and drug charges.

An Elizabeth City jury found Bobby Rawlings guilty last week of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possessing cocaine and two counts of carrying a firearm to support drug trafficking.

Rawlings was not convicted of attempted murder despite allegations he shot a police supervisor who entered a house to arrest alleged drug dealers.

Police Captain Brady Thompson survived the shooting last March thanks to his bulletproof vest. Prosecutors say Rawlings, who had previous convictions on gun and drug charges, stopped shooting only because his gun jammed.