FAYETTEVILLE — A Sheriff’s Office prisoner shot a Cumberland County deputy in the leg at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Wednesday morning, and the prisoner then was shot and killed by a police officer, law enforcement said.
A video that circulated on Facebook for part of Wednesday depicts the terrifying moments for the hospital patients and staff as the two men fought and guns were fired.
The incident happened about 8:22 a.m. in the Emergency Department of the hospital, Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins said. The hospital is on Owen Drive at Village Drive in the Bordeaux area of Fayetteville.
According to Hawkins and Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright, the prisoner tried to get the deputy’s gun, they scuffled, it fired, and a Fayetteville police detective who happened to be at the hospital for an unrelated matter shot and killed the prisoner.
The deputy’s injuries are not life-threatening, said Sgt. Jeremy Glass, a spokesman for the Police Department. Wright said the deputy was in good condition.
The prisoner was 31-year-old Treva Smutherman of the 6000 block of Pence Drive in Fayetteville, the Police Department said. The names of the deputy and the Fayetteville officer were not being made public as of Wednesday afternoon.
No one else was reported injured, authorities said.
The hospital room video was posted to Facebook for several hours by a woman from Fayetteville. She wrote on Facebook that she was there to get treatment for an allergic reaction when the deputy and the prisoner started fighting nearby and their struggle moved into her exam room.
The woman declined an interview request Wednesday evening. Her video was either deleted or made non-public about 3:30 p.m.
At the beginning of her video, a man, presumably the deputy, is shouting.
“Get off my gun! Get off my gun!” he yells. “Get off! Get off! Get off!”
The video shows a man in dark clothing bent over and struggling with another person who was less visible. They are draped by a divider curtain in a hospital exam area. Then the camera turns away from them.
“Get off my gun! Now!” the deputy shouts again.
The gun fires. “Bang!”
At least two women scream.
At this point, the video briefly shows the deputy struggling with the man in dark clothing.
A woman who appears to be a nurse approaches the patient who made the video. They appear to get down to the floor. The picture goes black but the audio continues.
There’s more screaming.
“You all OK? Stay down! Stay down!” a woman yells.
A man sounds like he is distraught.
“I wanna die!” he yells. His voice lowers. “I wanna die, man. I wanna die, bro. I wanna die.”
A moment later, a man says something unintelligible. He’s interrupted by gunfire: “Bang! Bang-bang-bang-bang-bang!”
There’s more screaming.
“Don’t come out! Don’t come out!” a woman yells.
“Oh, God!” says another. She sounds like she is crying in the next moments.
A man asks if people are all right. A woman calls for a doctor.
“Don’t care about him! Don’t care about him! Leave him down! Get the cop!” yells the woman who called for a doctor.
The video ends a few seconds later.
Hospital patient Kaylee Ingles said she was in another exam room near the shooting.
“All I heard was yelling,” Ingles said. “He said, ‘Get the (expletive) off of me!’ And that was about it. He just kept yelling that.
“I heard one shot. And then yelling — ‘Secure the patients!’ — and then four more shots go off,” she said.
Ingles shut the door and hid next to the bed until the hospital announced over the intercom that the situation was safe, she said.
Another patient, Kenneth Sasser of Fayetteville, was sitting at a bus stop outside the hospital when he heard people yelling and saw them running from the building. One told him to get up and run.
“He said, ‘There’s a shooting going on out here!’ ” Sasser said.
Sasser and the others hid behind a pickup that was parked on the hospital lawn at the corner of Owen and Village, he said.
The case is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, Hawkins said. It’s standard for the SBI to investigate shootings involving law enforcement officers.
The prisoner was in custody because he was arrested Tuesday night, the sheriff said.
“He had active warrants along with a home invasion when he was picked up,” Wright said. “The suspect started experiencing a medical problem, so he was brought to the hospital here.”
Smutherman was pronounced dead on the scene, the Police Department said.
More than two dozen vehicles from the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office responded when the shooting was reported. By 9 a.m. they were beginning to stand down as the hospital resumed its normal operations.
Hospital spokeswoman Janet Conway said Cape Fear Valley is offering counseling to employees who need assistance in the wake of the shooting.