Man identified in Laurinburg officer involved shooting, two other shooting incidents


A man has been identified in two shootings and an officer involved shooting in Laurinburg, according to a news release from the Laurinburg Police Department.

Desmond Bethea is the suspect in the shooting of a 65-year-old person, shooting into a home and the assault on a police officer.

A news release said Bethea is getting medical attention after the shooting.

On May 26, around 2 a.m., officers with the Laurinburg Police Department were dispatched to the Laurinburg Food Mart, at the intersection of Lees Mill and Produce Market Roads, for a shooting.

When officers got there, they found a 65-year-old person with a gunshot wound. That person was taken to a hospital.

While police were setting up the crime scene tape, people who live in a nearby home told police that, as they slept, someone fired a gun into their residence.

As officers continued their investigation, Bethea walked into the area. A news release said Bethea was asked to leave the area, but refused.

The officers approached him to arrest him, but they said he became combative and resisted the officers by hitting them with his fists.

As officers tried to make him stop, Bethea pulled out a gun and fired at both officers, according to a news release.

In response, according to the release, one of the officers pulled his service weapon and returned fire, hitting Bethea multiple times.

The news release does not say Bethea's current condition or if he has been charged in the incidents.

You can read the news release in its entirety below:

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