Greensboro Police Department Headquarters at 100 Police Plaza in downtown Greensboro became a crime scene Friday afternoon, Aug. 27.
According to the police report, at approximately 3:08 p.m. an individual who has not been identified set fire to a police vehicle in the police headquarters parking lot. When approached by police the individual assaulted a police officer. Three officers fired their weapons at the suspect and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
One officer was injured in the incident and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will conduct an investigation of the incident. The Greensboro Police Department’s Professional Standards division will also conduct an investigation to determine if Greensboro Police Department policies were followed and as is departmental policy all officers involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave.
Police Chief Brian James held a press conference shortly after the incident but did not have much additional information at that time. He did say that the officer who was injured suffered “injuries consistent with a physical assault.”
James also said the police were investigating the motive for the suspect coming into the police headquarters parking lot and setting a police vehicle on fire.
South Eugene Street and Federal Place from McGee Street to West Washington Street and West Washington Street were all closed to traffic following the incident and were reopened later in the evening.
Through Aug. 21 of this year there have been 1,236 aggravated assaults in Greensboro. However, having a vehicular fire, assault and shooting at police headquarters is highly unusual.