Injured police officer recovering


Staff Writer

Friday, July 20, 2018

A Rocky Mount police officer was recovering Thursday after an accused probation violator tried to run him over Wednesday, according to authorities.

Officer C.R. Robinson stopped a vehicle driven by 21-year-old KaShard Raheem Howell at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 900 block of South Grace Street. Howell drove away with Robinson partially in his vehicle. Robinson was eventually thrown from the moving vehicle, said Cpl. Brad Summerlin, public information officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

“He's at home,” Summerlin said Thursday. “He has scraps and bruises and he's sore.”

Robinson stopped Howell because Howell is wanted on probation violations.

While Robinson was still hanging on to the vehicle, Howell sideswiped another vehicle. Robinson was thrown from the vehicle a short time later. He was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with nonlife-threatening injuries.

After Robinson was thrown from the vehicle, police and Nash County deputies pursued Howell until he was taken into custody on Mill Street. During the pursuit, Howell tossed a handgun and narcotics out of the window of his vehicle, Summerlin said.

Howell was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Howell was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in April and sentenced to two years probation. In 2015, Howell was charged in Wake County with fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle.