Published: Dec 19, 2012 03:57 PM
Modified: Dec 19, 2012 03:58 PM
Police say they are searching for the service revolver and badge that belong to a fellow officer who was shot Tuesday in North Durham after making a traffic stop.
Officer Kelly A. Stewart was shot in the leg after getting into an altercation with a motorist in the parking lot of Forest Pointe Apartments at 1619 Forest Road. Stewart, 26, is recovering from his injuries, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
Michael would not provide details about the shooting or comment on whether Stewart was shot with his own firearm.
Stewart joined the Durham Police Department in July 2007 and is assigned to the Special Operations Division.
Late Tuesday, police charged Carlos Antonio Riley Jr., 21, of Durham with assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Riley is in Durham County Jail under a $1 million bail, Michael said.
Two other men who were arrested with Riley were released and not charged.
The shooting was reported at 10:20 a.m. Michael said Stewart got into a “struggle” with the motorist, who was driving a burgundy, Nissan 300Z. Stewart was shot during the ensuing struggle and the suspect fled in the car.
Investigators found the vehicle, abandoned, a short time later in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1336 New Castle Road.
Police thought the shooter may have ran into one of the apartments and surrounded the building with a heavily armed SWAT team that ordered two nearby apartment buildings evacuated.
Three hours after the shooting, police received information that the suspected shooter was at a home in the 1700 block of Rosetta Drive, more than four miles away.
Police arrived at the home and took Riley into custody without incident.
Investigators say Stewart’s .45-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun and police badge were stolen. Investigators obtained warrants to search two vehicles, an apartment on New Castle Road and a house on Rosetta Drive.
The Police Department is seeking information that would lead to the recovery of the gun and badge. CrimeStoppers, 919-683-1200, offers rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.