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Names released in downtown shooting


By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Greenville Police Department officials have released the names of those in an officer-involved shooting on Sunday morning in downtown Greenville that killed 24-year-old Brandon Joyner of Greenville.  

According to several witnesses, a large group of people was involved in a verbal altercation that spilled into in an alleyway that runs from Reade Street to Contanche Street, parallel to Fifth Street, about 1:30 a.m.

The group began fighting and at some point shots were fired. Greenville Police Department officers responded in seconds and shot and killed the person the department said was shooting.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the police department released the last names of the three officers involved in the shooting. Public information officer Kristen Hunter said photos of the officers would not be released, due to safety concerns.

The officers involved are Richard Burke, Michael Dail, and Macon Haddock. Joyner was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Two other individuals, 19-year-old Cameron McNeil of Farmville and 22-year-old Arron Cordanze Allen of Cary, were injured in the incident and had to be transported to Vidant Medical Center.

The police department has not said whether McNeil and Allen were injured by officers or Joyner. 

Shortly after the shooting, Greenville police officials held a brief news conference regarding the incident.

“This is a very difficult situation for any community to go through, for a police department to go through and is certainly not something you want to see in your downtown,” Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said. “The police officers responded to their training, and this was an active shooter situation for us. The incident happened in a matter of seconds.”

Greenville police officials confirmed Monday that a weapon was recovered at the scene but would not elaborate further, saying the case had been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation.

SBI spokeswoman Patty McQuillan would not answer specific questions about the incident, including who was shot, if police body cameras captured the incident, whether or not gun residue tests were performed and if shell casings were found on the scene.

“The SBI will complete its investigation and turn the report over to the district attorney,” McQuillan said. “The DA decides whether to release the information in the SBI’s report or not.”

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman has requested the State Bureau of Investigation conduct the primary investigation. In addition to conducting an internal investigation, the Greenville Police Department is also conducting an investigation into the fight and shooting that took place prior to the officers’ arrival. Anyone who may have information is asked to call Detective W.G. Smith 329-4258.