On Friday, a North Carolina police officer was injured in an explosion in Burlington at a motel while he was attempting to serve an arrest warrant. This story was broken by WXII12.com, an NBC afiliate.
A little before 8:00 p.m., according to officers at the Burlington Police Department, was when the explosion occurred. The blast happened on Hanford Drive in Burlington at the Motel 6.
According to investigators, after they detected that the motel room was possibly being used for drug activity, they began conducting tests for narcotics. That was when the small explosion occurred.
The officer, whose eye was injured in the explosion, received treatment at a local hospital. Three other police officers received treatment for irritation related to inhaling fumes due to the explosion and possible drugs in the room.
A shelter was established by the Red Cross for the motel’s guests after the Motel 6 was evacuated. There has been no word yet as to when the motel can accept back the guests.
The person the police were attempting to serve the warrant on was Don Winstead, 27. of Roxboro. He now will be facing multiple charges, such as possessing stolen goods, identity theft, and possessing marijuana.
The Burlington, North Carolina police are being assisted in the investigation by the FBI. More information will follow as it becomes available in updates.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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