Deputy shot after suspect puts her in stranglehold, gun goes off during struggle
Deputy Caitlin Emanuel, who is expected to recover, was shot in the leg
By Sarah Calams
ROSEBORO, N.C. — A deputy was shot in the leg with her own service weapon during a struggle with a suspect over the weekend.
Sampson County Sheriff’s Deputy Caitlin Emanuel, who has been with the department for two years, responded to reports of a vehicle theft around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to the Charlotte Observer. Shortly after making contact with the suspect, Emanuel called for backup. When another deputy arrived, he discovered Emanuel had been shot in the leg.
“An individual came up and she approached the individual to start questioning … and he put a [stranglehold] around her neck. Her weapon went off,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton told WRAL.com. “She is young, like a lot of our officers now.”
Emanuel was airlifted to a hospital, where she underwent surgery for a broken bone in her leg. She is expected to recover, according to Thornton.
Police arrested and charged the suspect, 36-year-old Michael Walthall, within three hours of the shooting. A fund was set up for Emanuel’s medical expenses.