Officers involved in yesterday’s shooting on East 5th Street put on paid administrative leave

Officers involved in yesterday’s shooting on East 5th Street put on paid administrative leave

Chief Ted Sauls says his officers took the gunman into custody after an exchange of gunfire.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Greenville police officers involved in yesterday’s exchange of gunfire with a shooting suspect have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The three officers were trying to arrest Savell Hightower, the suspect in the shooting of an East Carolina University research scientist just moments earlier.

Chief Ted Sauls says Hightower fired first and then officers returned fire. In a video obtained by WITN, at least 10 gunshots were heard.

Neither Hightower nor the officers were injured.

It is common practice for the officers in these situations to be placed on leave while the SBI investigates the shooting.

Meanwhile, the man who was shot continues to recover at ECU Health Medical Center.

Andrew Readyoff was shot as he walked down East 5th Street by a man riding a bicycle next to Wahl-Coates Elementary School. Sauls says they’re unsure of a motive in what he called an unprovoked attack.

A resource officer at the school heard the gunshots, as did students and staff, and was the first to come to the aid of Readyoff.

Hightower has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Police say the employee was shot here on East 5th Street.

Police say the employee was shot here on East 5th Street.

Police say the gunman was on this bicycle.  What appears to be a handgun is next to evidence marker 14.

Police say the gunman was on this bicycle. What appears to be a handgun is next to evidence marker 14.

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