Two Men Shot at Party on Boyd Street

"GREENSBORO, NC (Oct. 24, 2015) – One man is deceased and another injured after multiple shots were fired at a large scale party on the 400 block of Boyd St. earlier today.

Greensboro police were initially dispatched to the location at approximately 12:30 am Oct. 24 after GM 911 received an anonymous call about noise resulting from the party. Officers spoke with the party goers who agreed to be respectful of neighbors by decreasing the noise. Police estimated the crowd to be between 300-400 people.

Approximately an hour and a half later, the complainant called the officer back to the location to check on the noise level and ensure there were no disturbances. Upon arrival, Sgt. J. E. Armstrong heard shots fired and saw a man firing a weapon at the crowd. He immediately issued loud commands for the shooter to drop the weapon. As the adult male continued firing, Sgt. Armstrong, 48, fired his weapon at the man, striking him once in his lower extremities, wounding him, and stopping the likelihood of harm to others.

The suspect, later identified as Timothy Calvin Armstrong (no relation), 26, of Fayetteville, was then removed from the scene and received medical attention.

The officer-involved shooting occurred at approximately 2:04 am.

As the crowd began to disburse, officers discovered a second man, Shawn Christopher Rorie, 26, of 402 N. Murrow Blvd., had been shot. EMS rendered medical aid, however, Rorie succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased at Moses Cone Hospital. Police are interviewing witnesses to determine who shot Rorie.

Timothy Armstrong was transported by EMS to Moses Cone Hospital. His wound is considered non-life threatening. Timothy Calvin Armstrong, the suspect in the officer involved shooting, has been treated and released from Moses Cone Hospital.  He is currently at the Guilford County Jail charged with Discharging a Firearm in the City Limits and Possession of a Stolen Handgun. 

Sgt. Armstrong was not injured.

Neither the deceased nor Timothy Armstrong are NC A&T students.

The Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the incident to determine if the use of force was in accordance with state law. Their findings will be presented to the District Attorney, who makes the final determination of compliance with law.

The Department’s Professional Standards Division will investigate to determine if departmental policies were followed during the incident.

Per department protocol, Sgt. Armstrong will be placed on administrative duties while the criminal investigation is ongoing.

Sgt. Armstrong joined GPD in 1991 and is currently assigned to Patrol Division 2."

- A Press Release

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