Police have identified two police officers who shot and killed a man Thursday night in Beaufort.
Police Chief Steve Lewis says Detective Eric Sassano and Patrolman Brian Willis remain on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the SBI investigation into the shooting that killed Arthur Page.
Page was shot dead by the two officers as the man was reloading a shotgun, aimed at his sister, according to the chief. Lewis says the man refused multiple demands by the officers to put the weapon down.
Lewis says it started out as a domestic altercation at Susan Salazar’s home. The woman ran to a neighbor’s home, and the chief says her brother followed her. At the neighbor’s home McArthur Wright and Salazar would wounded.
Sassano has been with Beaufort for the past six and a half years, while Willis has been on the force for two years.
New information tonight in the shooting from Beaufort in Carteret County where
Beaufort Police have released the 911 call made by the wife of a man shot Thursday evening in his home after his neighbor ran there for help. Police say they shot and killed the suspect after he shot his own sister and a neighbor.
Caller: “In the name of Jesus please stop.”
911: “Ma’am can you talk with me please?”
Caller: “I am ma’am. My husband has been shot. I can’t even go out there. This man has a gun. He’s beating up his sister. I don’t know if he’s going to try and break through and kill me.”
Beaufort Police Chief Steve Lewis says Arthur Page was shot dead by 2 of his officers as the man was reloading a shotgun aimed at his sister. Lewis says the man refused multiple demands by the officers to put the weapon down.
Chief Lewis says it started out as a domestic altercation at Susan Salazar’s home on Rutledge Avenue. She ran to a neighbor’s home, and the chief says her brother followed her. The chief says Page shot through the front door of the home wounding McArthur Wright. At some point, Chief Lewis says Page also shot his sister.
Salazar was released from the hospital while Wright ended up being transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. The officers involved are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, while the investigation continues.
Police say a man who shot another man in his neighborhood was shot and killed by police overnight in Carteret County.
Beaufort Police Chief Steve Lewis told WITN’s Carly Swain that a man who was staying at 203 Rutledge Avenue shot a person at 202 Rutledge at 10:24 p.m. Thursday. Police responded to the shooting, and while the details about what exactly happened next have not been released, we are told one officer shot the alleged shooter.
Chief Lewis says two people were injured in 202 Rutledge and taken to the hospital. Their names and conditions have not been released.
As is protocol in shooting cases, the officer is on administrative leave and the SBI will investigate. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office will also investigate.
Authorities have identified the deceased man as Arthur Page, 51, of Durham. Mr. Page was shot dead by two town officers as the man was reloading his shotgun. The officers’ names have not been released.
Injured were a neighbor, McArthur Wright, 48, and Mr. Page’s sister, Susan Salazar, 63, who the brother attacked in a domestic situation.
Mr. Wright was medevacked to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he was treated and released. Ms. Salazar was treated and released at Carteret General Hospital.
Police have not said what prompted the brother’s actions.
During a Friday morning news conference in the train depot, Police Chief Steve Lewis gave some details of the shootings that occurred on Rutledge Avenue, a residential subdivision at the north end of town.
The SBI is investigating, a protocol in an officer-involved shooting.
Flanked by Sheriff Asa Buck, Chief Lewis praised his men’s efforts. “They saved a woman’s life,” Chief Lewis said about his officers. “And only an hour before the incident, there was more than a 100 children trick-or-treating along the street. It was fortunate nobody else was hurt.”
Chief Lewis said a domestic situation between the brother and sister started at Ms. Salazar’s home at 203 Rutledge Ave. Ms. Salazar ran to Mr. Wright’s home at 202 Rutledge Ave. Mr. Wright let Ms. Salazar into his house. Mr. Page followed his sister and went to the front door of Mr. Wright’s house and fired a shotgun blast through the closed front door, wounding Mr. Wright in the upper torso. He fled the house prior to officers arriving.
The officers were dispatched by the County 911 Center at 10:20 p.m. They arrived two minutes after being dispatched and approached the 202 Rutledge residence with their arms drawn.
When they went through the front door of the house, which was open, the officers found Ms. Salazaar and Mr. Page, who was in the process of loading a shotgun.
Mr. Page refused repeated demands by the officers to put the weapon down, and began to raise the barrel in the direction of his sister when he was shot dead by the two officers, according to Chief Lewis.
BEAUFORT — Two town police officers who shot and killed a man Halloween night as he reloaded his shotgun in an attempt to shoot his sister were justified in using lethal force, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced Thursday.
According to the district attorney, Detective Eric J. Sassano, 29, and Officer Brian C. Willis, 26, were justified in shooting and killing Arthur Freeman Page Jr., 60, of Raleigh, in an Oct. 31 incident on Rutledge Avenue.
The wife of a man shot inside his Beaufort home made a frantic call to 911 Thursday night. NewsChannel 12 obtained the entire call. Here’s a portion of it:
911 Dispatcher: Carteret County 911. What’s your emergency?
Caller: Please send the cops to 202 Rutledge Avenue. My husband has been shot. A man is in the house with a gun.
911 Dispatcher: Ma’am. Ma’am what’s the address?
Caller: 202 Rutledge Avenue.
911 Dispatcher: Roberts Avenue?
Caller: Rutledge Avenue. Old Beaufort Village.
Police say Arthur Page first went to 203 Rutledge Ave., where he was involved in a domestic dispute with his sister, Susan Salazar.
Salazar ran to the home of her neighbor, McArthur Wright. When Mr. Wright let her into the home, police say Page fired his shotgun through the front door, injuring both Wright and Salazar.
Wright’s wife called 911 while the shooter was still in her home.
Caller: Please stop. In the name of Jesus, please stop!
The caller went on to say: “My husband has been shot. I can’t even go out there. This man has a gun. He was beating up his sister. I don’t know if he’s gonna try to break through and kill me. Please!”
Mrs. Wright said she didn’t know if her husband was conscious.
Caller: Oh my God. I can’t even go out there to see my husband. All I heard him screaming is ouch, ouch! (screaming)
911 Dispatcher: OK. Where is that subject now?
Caller: They’re in my living room.
911 Dispatcher: He’s in your living room?
Caller: Yes! (screams)
She described how Page allegedly attacked his sister.
Caller: I guess she came to the house, running away from her brother.
911 Dispatcher: Where is she right now?
Caller: I don’t know. He just shot five times.
Caller: The lady told me that my husband was shot. Her brother had the gun.
Seven minutes into the call, Mrs. Wright told the dispatcher that she was hiding in the bathroom closet. More than nine minutes into the call, the dispatcher told Mrs. Wright that officers were outside and trying to secure the scene. Seconds later, Mrs. Wright whispered that someone was trying to break down her door. The call ended with a police officer asking Mrs. Wright to “show (her) hands” and confirm her identity.