Authorities investigating officer-involved shooting on Enoch Drive

benw@ledger-enquirer.com, tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 26, 2014 

More than a dozen police officers were on the scene of a police shooting after an officer fired at a car that attempted to strike him late Wednesday.

The officer involved in the shooting wasn’t injured, but police were checking hospitals for the occupant of the fleeing vehicle.

Police said the shooting stemmed from an officer investigating a home invasion that occurred at an apartment on the 1000 block of Enoch Drive. The resident of that apartment, 38-year-old Erwin Jenkins, told police that an unknown number of suspects stormed into his apartment with handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money.

When police arrived at the apartment, they found the front door flung open. While searching for the suspects inside, they found a large amount of marijuana in plain view in a night stand drawer in the master bedroom. They also found a box of 45, .380 bullets on a shelf in the living room.

According to the report, Jenkins was looking for the suspects when police searched the apartment. He was later arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

While the officer was investigating that invasion, a suspect pointed a handgun at him on the 3600 block of Stratford Drive, according to a police report.

The fleeing vehicle was found less than a mile away at a home in the 1100 block of Enoch Drive where investigators were busy checking for clues in the shooting.

Police Maj. Gene Hillhouse said neither the driver nor the occupants in the vehicle had been located by 9:15 p.m.

“We don’t know where he is or any of the passengers,” Hillhouse said.

A section of Boxwood Boulevard was temporarily blocked while police went through the vehicle.

Yellow tape sealed off the vehicle on the corner of the home on Boxwood and officers were posted at the Enoch Drive location.

Police Chief Ricky Boren and Assistant Police Chief Lem Miller were among the officers taking part in the investigation. The Office of Professional Standards was on the scene investigating the shooting as part of the department’s policy.

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