No the investigation has not been completed, and no the autopsy results haven't been released, but a community is in uproar anyway about a shooting that took place in the Creekwood neighborhood Thursday night around 11 when two Wilmington Police Officers were responding to a call regarding a man dressed only in his T-shirt acting strangely. According to an eyewitness, Ryan Lucas recalled in a Star News interview, that he saw McIver take off his shirt and kick off his shoes in front of the two officers. WPD Chief Evangelous said that McIver then attacked officer Jason Whitt, a three year veteran, taking Whitt's gun in the process. McIver then fired the gun at Whitt and rookie officer Jason Howard returned fire hitting McIver.
Phillipe E. McIver has numerous arrests and was recently released from prison last September for dealing drugs. McIver has been in prison, off and on, since 2003. His latest incarceration included 4 infractions, in May of 2005 he assaulted a person with a weapon, and has been written up for gang activity.
McIver, while out briefly from prison in 2005, victimized a woman by trespassing in order to assault the woman viciously.
Usually someone screwed up, naked or half naked in the streets is under the influence of a street drug called "Love Boat." This drug is also know as PCP or "Angel Dust."
Usually an officer can go through his entire career without firing a shot. 95% or so never do. Officer Howard was still in training when he had to use his weapon to save a life. Courage.
As Marc Benson has always pointed out on the show, when an officer is involved in a fight there is always a gun. Our hearts all broke when Boiling Springs Officer Mitch Prince's gun was taken and used against him, stealing a husband and father from a loving home. We know the danger of a man high on PCP and his strength and determination to fight as witnessed in the uncut version of the Rodney King tape. We know Officer Howard and Officer Whitt had no choice, no options, nothing else but to shoot.
The WPD is standing on alert, we ask all those out there to be safe.