Assault with a Firearm on a Law Enforcement Officer

"At approximately 2:17 p.m. on Fri., April 4, the Communications Center of the Winston-Salem Police Department received a 911 call from Mary Jo Vogler.  Ms. Vogler, who is eighty years of age, reported that her husband was armed with a firearm and had made threats to harm her.  Approximately two minutes later, officers arrived at 1937 Butler Street.  Mary Jo Vogler exited the home, followed closely by her eighty year old husband, Richard Dumont Vogler.
At the time he exited the home, Richard Vogler was armed with a handgun.  Ignoring the officers orders to drop the weapon, Mr. Vogler raised the weapon toward Patrol Officer S.P. Cox and Patrol Officer M.J. La Valley.
In response to the threat, Officer Cox fired a single shot from a service weapon.  Richard Vogler was struck in the right shoulder before retreating back into his residence.  Shortly thereafter, Richard Vogler exited the home and surrendered to law enforcement officers.
Mary Jo Vogler was not injured during the incident.  Medical attention was immediately sought for Richard Vogler and he was transported to Baptist Medical Center, where his condition is said to be stable.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene and assumed the primary investigative role.  The Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation into the assault on the officers.  An administrative investigation will be conducted by the Professional Standards Division.
Based on the investigative findings thus far by the Criminal Investigations Division, detectives obtained Warrants for Arrest charging Richard Dumont Vogler with two counts of Assault with a Firearm on a Law Enforcement Officer and Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon in regards to Richard Vogler’s threats and actions toward his wife.
Officer S.P. Cox began his employment with the Winston-Salem Police Department in November of 1999 and is currently assigned as a patrol officer in the Field Services Bureau.  Officer M.J. La Valley began his employment with the Winston-Salem Police Department in June of 2013 and is also assigned to the Field Services Bureau.  No officers were injured as a result of the encounter with Richard Vogler.

As is standard procedure, Officer S.P. Cox has been placed on Administrative Duty while the aforementioned investigations are completed.

This is an on-going investigation and the Winston-Salem Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call (336)773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at (336)727-2800."
Submitted Release

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