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Greenville police release names in officer-involved shooting

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Greenville police have released the names of those involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting this weekend.

Greenville police Officer Antonio Webb responded to the 700 block of Fox Chase Lane on April 1 after a call came in of a domestic-related stabbing. 

Police said 41-year-old Brian Bellamy was attacking LaKeysha Johnson, 39, with a knife. 

Their 10-year-old son called 911, telling the operator "My dad, my dad and mom was fighting. I think she got stabbed ,and he was trying to choke me. We need an ambulance here please." 

Officer Webb found Johnson on scene suffering from multiple stab wounds. Police also located a juvenile in the home.

Webb was then approached by Bellamy, who was armed with a large knife.

Webb told Bellamy to surrender and drop the knife, but Bellamy continued to advance on Webb with the knife, police said. 

Webb drew his gun and shot Bellamy, who died on the scene. 

"Due to the nature of the call, and it being in progress, the first officer there is to render aid as quickly as they can," said Greenville Police Chief Deputy Ted Sauls.

Johnson was transported to Vidant Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where she remains as a patient.  

Johnson and Bellamy were involved in a long-term relationship, police said. 

Greenville Police Department’s child victim advocate has custody of their son, who did not have any injuries.

Webb was also transported to Vidant as precaution. He sustained no injuries.

Greenville Police Chief, Mark Holtzman, requested that the State Bureau of Investigation take over the primary investigation. GPD is also conducting internal investigation, per protocol in officer-involved shooting.

"We have full implementation of our body worn cameras so that when incidents occur we can hopefully garner as much information as possible," Sauls said.

Webb has been put on administrative leave in accordance to department policies and procedures.

Webb has been employed with the Greenville Police Department since February 2017. 

 Stick with WNCT on-air and online as we follow this investigation.

COMMUNITY RESPONDS

Following the incident, many in the neighborhood say they were shocked. Most describe it as a quiet neighborhood, which is why they were so alarmed when they heard gunshots ring out early Sunday morning.

"I got up and looked out the window, and there was just flashing lights everywhere," said Rolisa Knight-Elliot.

Knight-Elliot said it is the type of neighborhood where everybody weighs at everybody and goes out of their way to help each other. She said the news, especially on Easter Sunday, is tragic.

"Just pray for the families and the child, and its just a really sad situation," she said.

Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly released a statement saying, "My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the incident that occurred early this morning on Fox Chase Lane. Any loss of life in our city is a tragedy, and the City of Greenville and the Greenville Police Department will cooperate fully with the State Bureau of Investigation as they conduct their investigation."


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