Hickory Police Officer On Leave For Shooting

North Carolina investigators are looking into why a Hickory police officer critically wounded a man fleeing an attempted traffic stop.

The Hickory Police Department says Master Police Officer Bruce Bumgarner tried to stop a vehicle late Saturday.

Officers say 36-year-old Irecas Valentine of Hickory sped away, wrecked his sports utility vehicle and threatened when he was cornered by Bumgarner. Valentine was shot and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem in critical condition.

Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal would not say where or how many times Valentine was shot.

Police say Bumgarner chased Valentine's vehicle through a residential neighborhood and a grassy field before the escaping SUV crashed and rolled over.

Police say Valentine ran, then stopped and faced the pursuing officer with his hands in his pockets.


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  • by Nice Job! on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    Winning!!!
  • by SO LEO on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    Armed, JD, Anonymous, Nice!, Rightwing, and M16.. I totally gree with all of you. I am a LEO and that is exactly how we are taught. The bad guy always has the upper hand on knowing what he or sheis ultimately going to do. Only they know what is in their pockets, if it is a weapon and if they are going to use it. It could have been absolutely nothing but the LEO never knows until the subject complies and gives up. If there is a weapon in their pocket, we as LEO's have to be quick enough to react to their actions. Hopefully everything will turn out alright in this shooting and hopefully the officer will be ok mentally after a traumatic incident like this. Every day that I put on my uniform, badge and gun, I hope and pray to make it home safely and that I never have to be in a shooting situation where I may have to take someone's life. Even it is completely justified, I still hope I never have to do that. Prayers to Officer Bumgarner and his family during this stressful time..
  • by Armed on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    The cop was 100% right on this one. Case closed.
  • by JD on Dec 19, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    Don't get too wound up, as I am nearly certain such an investigation is SOP, regardless of the circumtances.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    Give that officer a medal, thats how we stop the crazies from taking over.
  • by Nice! on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    The office did everything text book! He gets to home to his family, while the criminal gets his just dessert!
  • by Rightwing Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    Really? They're looking into WHY the officer shot the man??? It's because he was obviously not cooperative and then faced the cop with his hands in his pockets...would you expect the cop to wait and see what he could have pulled out of those pockets? NOT ME. And I am SO sick of the law enforcement officers getting drug through the mud for defending themselves and their own lives. Enough is enough!
    • reply
      by M16 on Dec 19, 2011 at 09:35 AM in reply to Rightwing
      can't wait till we become a police state. shootem , ask questions later and always empty one 20 round magazine in there back.
    • reply
      by Anonimouse on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to Rightwing
      It's SOP to be on leave after a shooting. It's not personal.
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