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Investigation shows chaotic scene during Raleigh officer shooting

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Joshua Timberlake faces charges stemming from an incident on May 29. Joshua Timberlake faces charges stemming from an incident on May 29.

A preliminary report released Thursday by Raleigh police paints a chaotic scene that resulted in one officer shooting another in his hip while they responded to a domestic disturbance call on May 29.

Officers A.L. Clark and K.J. Barefoot responded to 11410 Colbert Creek Loop around 2 a.m. concerning a domestic disturbance, police said. The officers talked with the complainant who said he saw Joshua Timberlake engaged in an altercation with a woman in a parking lot at the address.

Timberlake also appeared intoxicated, according to the complainant.

Police said Timberlake pulled out a gun and waved it over his head as the complainant approached him. Once Timberlake recognized the approaching person, he put the gun away and appeared to calm down.

The complainant still called authorities, and Barefoot, Clark and Sgt. J.D. Malzahn responded.

The three officers approached Timberlake’s residence, police said. Initially, Malzahn and Barefoot stood to the right of the door to Timberlake’s apartment while Clark stood the left and knocked on the door, police said.

Clark soon moved to the rear of the apartment building to see if he could see any movement inside Timberlake’s apartment.

At that point, police said Barefoot moved to the left side of the door, and Malzahn and Barefoot continued to knock on the door.

The door to the residence suddenly opened and Timberlake put his arm out of the apartment, pointing a gun from side to side, police said.

Malzahn and Barefoot both backed away from the door and identified themselves as police. The officers gave orders to drop the weapon, police said.

Timberlake ignored the officer’s demands and continued to sweep the weapon back and forth through the doorway, police said.

Malzahn pulled out his gun and fired twice, police said. One round hit a fire extinguisher, sending powder in the air in the breezeway.

The second round hit Barefoot in the left hip, police said.

Timberlake retreated into his apartment and shut the door. Clark returned to assist Malzahn and Barefoot before ambulances arrived on scene, police said.

At that point, Malzahn ordered Timberlake to come out of the apartment, police said. Timberlake exited the apartment and was taken into custody.

Barefoot was treated a WakeMed for the gunshot wound and was later released, police said.

Timberlake was charged with assault on a female from the incident earlier in night, police said.

After the Wake County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case, Timberlake was also charged with two counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, Raleigh police said. 

Timberlake remains in the Wake County Detention Center.

The State Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the officer involved shooting but declined, Raleigh police said. The SBI said the information available showed Malzahn shot Barefoot unintentionally.

Raleigh police said Malzahn is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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