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Jun 27, 2018

Camalote Villager Shot by Off-duty Police Corporal

An officer-involved shooting in Camalote Village on Monday flew below the radar for over thirty-six hours, despite several inquiries to ascertain what transpired that evening.  Forty-four-year-old Truman Parham was shot by off-duty Corporal Luis Matute during an incident in which it is alleged that he entered the policeman’s yard wielding a machete.  Parham, who reportedly described Matute as a bad man, ventured onto the property even though he was cautioned to put down the cutlass.  When he failed to heed the warning, a single shot was fired into the air; however, Parham continued to advance in Matute’s direction.  That’s when Matute fired two more rounds, hitting the assailant in the shoulder and body.  Parham then fled the scene by running into a nearby pasture.  Roaring Creek police were eventually called to the scene of the shooting and, despite a search of the area, were unable to locate him.  Parham was eventually found and transported to the Western Regional Hospital where he is listed in stable condition and remains under police watch.  An investigation into the incident confirms that the altercation was the result of a previous dispute which led to the detention of two men.  Police believe that Parham is related to one of the men detained on Sunday.  Since the matter involves a fellow officer, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has requested an internal investigation.

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