A 50 year-old woman was critically wounded during an armed confrontation with a Johnston County deputy and a North Carolina state trooper Saturday morning.
Around 6:32am, the Highway Patrol and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Interstate 40 between the NC 96 Exit in Meadow and the Sampson County line.
A white GMC Yukon Denali SUV had crashed and had come to a stop on the grassy shoulder.
The deputy and trooper observed a woman, identified as Tina Renee Medlin of Raleigh, on westbound side of I-40 armed with a gun.
As the deputy and trooper encountered Medlin she shot at the officers. They both returned fire and wounded Medlin. She was transported to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.
Initially, the Highway Patrol reported that Medlin died at the hospital from her injuries. Saturday evening, troopers said Medlin had not passed away and was being treated for critical injuries.
According to ABC11, witnesses reported they approached the wreck before officers arrived and claimed that Medlin was armed with a gun and stated she wanted to kill herself.
Trooper J.L. Taylor and Deputy Taylor Davis, have both been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by both agencies. Taylor is a 16-year veteran assigned to Johnston County.
As standard procedure, the NC SBI has been called in to investigate the officer involved shooting.
The stretch of I-40 where the shooting occurred was shut down for more than 7 hours until it reopened this afternoon.
The SBI is asking for any witnesses to the accident near the 337 mile marker, including anyone who saw the vehicle driving erratically prior to the crash to call the SBI at 1-800-334-3000. Photos by John Payne