WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – WECT has obtained recordings of the police radio traffic and 911 calls from when a sheriff's deputy was shot and when, subsequently, the suspect was shot and killed by officers.
The recordings are giving us a better understanding of what happened in both cases. However, there are still many unanswered questions.
Detective Michael Spencer was shot in the leg while last Thursday when he and a Wilmington Police detective tried to approach Brandon Smith in Creekwood.
Smith reportedly opened fire at the authorities, hitting Spencer.
In one of the recordings, Spencer can be heard reporting that he had been hit by gunfire.
"I've just been shot," he radios in. "I'm in the middle of Creekwood. I need assistance."
The dispatcher asks if he has a suspect description.
Spencer responds, "I can't think about that right now."
He's quite calm, considering what happened.