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Salisbury officer on desk duty after shooting man during home search

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
A man shot by a Salisbury police officer was in good condition Friday.
The officer, who police have not named, has been placed on administrative duty.
The shooting occurred Thursday night as police served a search warrant at the home of Allen Gooden, 51, of 217 Hillcrest Place.
According to a press release from the department, the Special Response Team entered the home around 10:30 p.m. During the entry, one of the team members shot Gooden once in the side with a shotgun, Police Chief Mark Wilhelm said.
“He did not fire at officers,” Wilhelm said of Gooden. “We don’t know if he threatened to fire at officers.”
Gooden was treated at the scene, then taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Police said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
The officer who fired the shot, a veteran with the police department, is doing office work, which is “typical for an officer involved in a shooting,” said Deputy Chief Steve Whitley.
Inside the home, which is near Krispy Kreme on West Innes Street, police found 12 adults, two middle-school-aged children and a 5-year-old.
Once they got everyone out of the house, police officers called the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting.
After the SBI concluded its on-scene investigation, the Salisbury officers conducted their search of the home.
Police found 7.3 grams of crack cocaine in the form of 35 rocks, 8 grams of powder cocaine, 57 grams of marijuana and $519 in cash. The estimated value of the cocaine found at the scene was around $5,000.
Whitley said police found some pre-packaged marijuana, some pre-packaged crack and powder cocaine, as well as some “crack cookies.”
Child Protective Services was contacted about the children being in that environment, police said.
Officials say when they arrived, some of the adults in the home were smoking cocaine and marijuana.
Charges are pending against Gooden. More charges may be filed against other people in the home.
According to Rowan County court documents and the N.C. Department of Correction, Gooden has been convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child.
In 1992, authorities said Gooden raped a 9-year-old girl. The rape charges against him were dismissed, but he was convicted of two counts of indecent liberties and served six years of a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
In 1990, he was convicted of possession with intent to sell marijuana. Two years later, a charge of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana was dismissed by the district attorney’s office.
In 2003, Gooden was charged with maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Both charges were dismissed by the district attorney’s office.
He was convicted on charges of receiving stolen goods twice in the late 1980s. He’s also been charged with various traffic infractions.

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