EC officer injured by own service weapon


Lamont Butts


From staff reports

Thursday, September 21, 2017

An Elizabeth City police officer was struck by gunfire from his service-issued firearm earlier this week, department officials reported.

Police spokeswoman Latoya Flanigan said Officer Lamont Butts was treated and released from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center after sustaining an injury to his lower left calf area at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday, while in his office on the city public safety building's second floor.

Butts has been on the force less 60 days after having been with the Camden County Sheriff's Office more than 14 years, Flanigan said.

Butts joined the city police department on July 25 and is assigned to the support services division as a criminal intelligence officer, Flanigan said. She said the police department is conducting an internal investigation, which is standard procedure anytime there’s an officer-involved shooting.

Flanigan on Wednesday said the department doesn't know how long the probe is going to take.

Flanigan declined to be more specific about Butts’ current status with the department, but interim city Human Resources Director Monica Cole said she hasn’t received anything from the department about any change in his status. Butts is being paid a salary of $40,955, Cole said.

According to Stephanie Jackson at the Camden County Human Resources Office, Butts had been with the Camden Sheriff's Office from Feb. 3, 2003, until July 24. Jackson said Butts started as a deputy and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in mid-January 2013. She said Butts, at the time of his departure from the Camden Sheriff's Office, was being paid a salary of $40,852.