RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Wake County sheriff’s deputy was shot twice while serving an eviction notice Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in Raleigh, according to the sheriff’s office.
Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker says Deputy Ronald Waller was executing the eviction notice around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2 at the River Birch Apartments.
Waller is a veteran of more than 20 years with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.
“He’s always got a smile on his face, it’s sort of a grin. That’s what I used to pick at him… He knew how to deal with people and that means a lot right there,” former Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
Harrison worked with Waller for 16 years.
The sheriff’s office says Waller is now out of surgery and is recovering.
Deputies knocked on the suspect’s door and there was no response. They checked a couple of other places before coming back to the suspect’s door.
Baker says door opened partially and the deputies identified themselves, Baker said.
The suspect, later identified as Eddie Craig, tried to close the door and that is when gunfire reportedly erupted.
Craig shot Waller twice with an “assault rifle,” according to Baker.
The sheriff says Waller was struck on the right-side of his “waist area.”
Waller is in stable condition and his family has been notified, says Baker. The suspect then surrendered without incident.
Craig, 32, was identified as the suspect by Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown. Craig is currently being processed at the Wake County Detention Center.
Baker got emotional when thanking the Raleigh Police Department and EMS who responded to the scene.
“I’m angry,” Baker said. “This is how I show it.”
Harrison reminded us that even procedures we consider routine in law enforcement are dangerous.
“The people that took the papers out and the court officials, no disrespect to them, they’re sitting in an office. Here we are out here doing the job that requires us to be in the line of fire,” Harrison explained.
Craig has been charged with:
- Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill
- Three counts of attempted murder
- Three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm
- Assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
Baker couldn’t confirm if the deputy was wearing a body camera when the shooting occurred.