Two men arrested after warrant was served, officer shot

(WMC-TV) – Two people were arrested on drug charges after a warrant was served and an officer was shot.

When Detective Willie Bryant was accidentally shot by a fellow officer aiming at a pit bull, the Organized Crime Unit was serving a drug-related warrant at a home on Arrington Avenue.

When the officers knocked on the door, nobody answered. But according to a police affidavit, they could hear what sounded like several people running to the back of the residence.

Police say they knocked down the front door to gain access because they thought the suspects could be arming themselves or destroying evidence.

Charles Cross, 37, was taken into custody right away. Lazarus Johnson was cornered in the bathroom where he was arrested.

Three other individuals were detained but were later released pending further investigation.

When searching the home, police found crack cocaine and several drugs.

Detectives say Johnson admitted to selling crack cocaine at the residence. During the course of the investigation, investigators say they have also witnessed Cross selling drugs.

At one point while serving the search warrant, a pit bull dog reportedly became aggressive. One of the officers aimed a gun at the dog, and ended up shooting Detective Bryant in the back.

His original condition was reported to be stable, but he was downgraded upon arriving to the hospital.

Bryant underwent about a six hour surgery and received nine pints of blood, according to Action News 5 sources.

The officer that fired the shot that hit Bryant has been relieved of duty pending the investigation.

Action News 5's Nick Kenney spoke with MPD Director Toney Armstrong and Mayor A C Wharton about the incident and Officer Bryant's condition.  He will have more on the story coming up on Action News 5 at 5 p.m.

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