State Investigators Give More Details In Winston-Salem Fatal Police Shooting
New information has emerged in the investigation of a white Winston-Salem police officer who shot and killed a 60-year-old black man on Friday.
The State Bureau of Investigation is overseeing the case of Officer D.E. McGuire who discharged his service weapon during a traffic stop, killing Edward Van McCrae.
According to the police report, Officer McGuire saw a handgun. But at a press conference on Monday, city officials wouldn’t say whether or not a gun was found at the scene.
Special Agent Scott Williams is leading the investigation. He says this can now be confirmed.
“There was a gun seized at the scene other than the officer’s. The gun was recovered near where he was lying.”
The involvement of the SBI is fairly routine when an officer uses his weapon. It’s not a requirement, but most North Carolina departments ask the SBI to do an independent investigation.
Officer McGuire will soon be interviewed by the SBI, but it’s up to his attorney’s schedule. The department hopes to conduct the interview this week.