The man accused of shooting at police had just set his Knightdale home on fire, authorities say

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A shootout Suspect accused of shooting Raleigh police officers during a car chase Thursday had set his own home on fire in East Raleigh before the incident, Knightdale officials said.

Knightdale officials identified the man as Willie Jerome Daniels, 39. They said the incident began as a phone call from a suspect when people reported Daniels knocking on several doors at the Country Hearth Inn on Money Drive in Knightdale. He was looking for his wife, according to a press release.

After being unable to locate his wife, Daniels returned to his home on Gabby Lane around midday. Neighbors said he left his vehicle on the street and started smashing the windows of his home. He then set his house on fire before fleeing in another car, a press release said.

Knightdale firefighters responded to the scene and found the first floor of the home ablaze. They quickly put out the fire and began searching for victims, but found that no one was home at the time. The press release said the first floor had been significantly damaged.

During the investigation in Knightdale, authorities learned that he had gone to Raleigh. He encountered the Raleigh police near the intersection of New Bern Avenue and New Hope Road. He fired at Raleigh police officers but was arrested with no one injured, Knightdale officials said.

Raleigh Police said Daniels was also linked to a shooting along the 4200 block of Brockton Drive. This location is about 13 miles from Gabby Lane.

“The madness of this series of events is beyond disturbing,” said Knightdale Police Commissioner Lawrence Capps. “For the second time in as many days, violent behavior by dangerous criminals has threatened the lives of our residents and first responders. Rest assured that our agency will do everything in its power to ensure these individuals are held accountable for their violent acts.”

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