Gunman fires on police; no one wounded

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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A gunman opened fire early Wednesday morning on Rocky Mount police from a house on Martin Luther King Drive.

No one was injured, and police took a suspect into custody after a two-hour standoff.

The incident started around 4 a.m. when police responded to a report of shots fired on the 1700 block of Martin Luther King Drive.

“While officers were on the scene investigating the case, additional shots were fired from 1708 Martin Luther King Drive,” Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis said in a press release.

Patrol officers and members of the department’s Special Response Team evacuated several surrounding houses and set up a perimeter while trained negotiators made contact with the gunman. Police said the suspect initially refused to surrender, the negotiator was able to talk the gunman into coming out after about two hours. No shots were fired by law enforcement personnel.

Konrad Butler, 47, was taken to Nash General Hospital for psychiatric evaluation purposes. The incident is under further investigation, but no charges have been filed.