North Carolina police officer suspended after shooting

July 9, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer is on administrative suspension after officials say she shot and wounded a man while trying to serve him with an arrest warrant.

The Asheville Police Department says in a news release that Officer Carrie Lee and at least one other officer were trying to serve a domestic violence arrest warrant Tuesday on 42 year-old William Lee Maltba.

Authorities say Lee fired and hit Maltba in the leg. Police say Maltba was taken to a local hospital with a non-life threatening wound. Lee was not injured and is suspended.

Officials have not said what prompted Lee to fire.

The Asheville Citizen Times reports Deputy Police Chief Jim Baumstark said the department is investigating. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the incident.

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