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Posted: 5:22 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
HICKORY, N.C. —
New details, including the 911 call, emerged on Tuesday about an officer-involved shooting in Hickory where an officer was saved by his bulletproof vest. Eyewitness News talked with investigators about the evidence that they found at the home after Monday night's shoot out. "What is going on? How did he get shot," said the 911 operator. "I don't know. People trying to break in the door," said the caller. "Are there police there?" asked the 911 operator. "No the police aren't here; they are still out there," said the caller. "Out where?" the operator asked. "Outside somewhere," said the caller. "So the police are outside?" asked the operator. "Yes," said the caller. Police originally came to the home Monday night with a search warrant looking for drugs. Officers said just as they were going inside someone opened fire. There was damage around a door leading into the home and the injuries to Michael Watson's head after being hit by gunfire. "They probably made a real big mistake by doing what they've done and could have cost a few people their lives. They could have rung the doorbell and let us know the cops were there," said Watson. Police said they did announce more than once than they were there. On Wednesday afternoon, Eyewitness News got a copy of the 911 call made by Watson's girlfriend. The couple said they thought someone was trying to break in to the home and didn't know it was the police when Watson's son opened fire. But while part of the 911 call supports that another portion contradicts that claim.
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