Wednesday, February 9, 2011
CMPD Employee Shooting Details Emerge
As Cedar Posts reported early Tuesday, I was a little surprised that a shooting last Friday night didn't merit any media coverage, even more so because the shooting victim was a CMPD Crime Scene Investigator.
Even more troubling is that not one member of CMPD's command staff came to the scene where one of the department's own employees had been shot.
Reportedly James Dearmon Whitley age 49 of 3601 Driftwood Drive, had been upset for a period of weeks if not longer and was waiting in the dark when CMPD Crime Scene Investigator Roy Patterson came home Friday. It was around 10:30 pm, as Patterson exited his car in the driveway of his home when Whitley sprang from the bushes and began attacking Patterson. During the attack Patterson was shot once.
But why wasn't at least one member of CMPD's Command Staff notified?
Details are still filtering out but if rumor has it right CMPD duty captain Chuck Adkins didn't notify anyone about the call. Standard Operating Procedure for major calls, which this should have been, due to the victim, and nature of the call would require that a notification be sent to all command staff and relevant personnel including Chief Monroe.
Apparently, the duty captain was asleep at the wheel and didn't think it was important enough. There was no call from dispatch of "shots fired officer down" that brought a phalanx of CMPD cruisers nor was the media notified. CMPD information officers for some reason have yet to issue a statement. However Cedar Posts has learned of an internal memo sent out Tuesday.
It is said that during the attack Patterson was able to break away from Whitley and run to his house where he managed to call 911, give his address and explain that he had been shot. What units the 911 dispatcher sent is unknown at this time.
Sources tell Cedar Posts that on Monday morning as the news of the attack began to circulate, the duty captain was called on to explain his lack of action. Word is it wasn't a very pleasant experience.
But that fact remains that a CMPD employee was shot and the only response came from a couple of officers and medic, had it been had it been a badge it would have certainly played out differently. I'd expect non sworn CMPD employees have quietly taken notice.
Why was Patterson attacked?
Sources tell of an ongoing feud between Patterson and Whitley. Whitley lives in the house which once belonged to his parents. Whitley has reportedly lived there for years. He is well known to neighbors as strange and unpredictable. In the past Patterson has been verbally assaulted by Whitley and CMPD records show a number of calls to Driftwood Drive although it is not known why or to which house.
Patterson is reportedly gay and neighbors say that Whitley had a problem with Patterson living in the neighborhood perhaps because he was gay. Some believe the attack is a clear hate crime and that the federal authorities should be investigating the shooting as well.
There are also concerns that the lack of response from CMPD was also because Patterson is reportedly gay.
Whitley is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and assault in a secret manner, often described as the act of concealing oneself and lying in wait to attack by surprise or ambush.
Whitley's bond has been set at $150,000.00.
Cedar Posts prior story on the shooting of Roy Patterson is here.