SMITHFIELD — According to police, two officers were involved in the Smithfield shooting that left a suspect dead.
Authorities say the shooting happened on North Street after officers responded to a call about shots being fired. Sunday night's activity has now left some residents in what is usually a quiet neighborhood on edge.
"There was a bunch of crime scene cars, Sheriffs and Smithfield Police. They had it [taped] off all the way from down here to up the street," said resident Robin Worrells.
Neaby residents like Theodore Jones are familiar with the peaceful nature of the neighborhood. Jones walks by many times a week to go fishing. The quiet neighborhood was disrupted by the sound of gunfire Sunday evening.
Police responded quickly to investigate.
Police say they saw 47-year-old Darryl Wiggins of Maryland and another man at the top of the stairs. Wiggins was holding a gun, the other man appeared to be assaulted. When Wiggins refused orders to put down his gun he was gunned down by police.
Wiggins later died in the hospital and the other man was treated for head injuries. Although the case remains under investigation, concern among the community still runs high.
"It's not good. I have kids four kids of my own and it's kinda scary that this type of activity is going on in this area,” said Worrells.
The names of the officers involved with Sunday's shooting have not been released. They remain on administrative duty at this time.