Routine traffic stop results in gunshots and injuries

Diyancy Laselle Ladson 
"On Jan. 4 at 1:53am, Winston-Salem Police Officer Powell was conducting traffic enforcement for speeding on Highway 421 South near Lowery Street.  Officer Powell conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan Sentra with 3 black male occupants.  During the vehicle stop, a physical struggle ensured with Officer Powell and one of the occupants of the stopped vehicle.  During the struggle, Officer Powell and one suspect sustained gunshot wounds.  

Neither the suspect nor Officer Powell has life threatening injuries at this point.

The investigation is in early stages and is being conducted by Criminal Investigations Division. 

Highway 421 South is currently closed at US Highway 52 for an undetermined amount of time while the on-scene investigation is being completed.

Update: January 4, 2016

At approximately 1:53 a.m., Officer A.D. Gardner was conducting traffic enforcement on southbound U.S. 421 when he initiated a stop of a Nissan Sentra for speeding.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as twenty-three year old Diyancy Laselle Ladson of 1823 Pinedale Drive in Winston-Salem.  

While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, Officer Gardner detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and therefore developed probable cause to search the vehicle for controlled substances. 

The occupants were removed from the vehicle in preparation for a search of the car.  Prior to this search commencing, twenty-six year old Gary Giovon Lynn ran to the driver’s seat of the Sentra and attempted to flee.  Officer N.M Powell pursued Gary Lynn into the car and attempted to prevent Mr. Lynn from driving away.    

Gary Lynn drove away from the scene with Officer Powell inside the vehicle and attempting to take him into custody.  During the struggle, Gary Lynn produced a handgun and fired the weapon multiple times at Officer Powell as they struggled inside the vehicle.  Officer Powell was shot multiple times, including once in the chest.  Officer Powell’s ballistic vest captured that particular projectile. 

Gary Lynn suffered a single gunshot wound.  Officer Powell did not discharge his service weapon during the encounter and all injuries appear to have resulted from the discharge of the weapon accessed by Gary Lynn. 

Gary Giovon Lynn was eventually taken into custody approximately one-thousand feet from the location at which the traffic stop began.  Mr. Lynn was transported to Baptist Medical Center where he was treated and released.   The Nissan Sentra was later processed and searched.  A firearm, ammunition, spent casings and a residual amount of marijuana were seized.   

Authorities have charged Gary Lynn with Attempted First Degree Murder, Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  He is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $1,000,000.00 bond.  A court date of January 21, 2016 has been set in this matter. 

Diyancy Laselle Ladson was charged with Speeding and subsequently cited and released. 

No criminal charges are being pursued against the third occupant of the vehicle and therefore, that vehicle occupant will not be identified. 

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.   Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800."

- A Press Release

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