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New Years Eve Home Invasion Leads to Police Officer Being Shot At

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by Camel City Dispatch

By Staff


As CCD reported on January 1st, patrol officer Sgt. D.T. Lentz was fired upon by a suspect and returned fire. Investigators with the WSPD have now charged 24 year-old Tristan Marcel Martin Jr. with several crimes, including shooting at Sgt. Lentz.

According to the WSPD, at approximately 12:37 am on December 31, 2013, multiple suspects forced entry into a home on Argonne Boulevard, the suspects held a man and his wife at gunpoint while several items of value were taken from the home. Included in those items was a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado.

In the early morning hours of January 1, 2014, Sgt. D.T. Lentz was aware of the aforementioned armed robbery and actively searching for the stolen pickup truck. Sgt. Lentz located and subsequently stopped the stolen truck at approximately 1:47 am. As CCD reported on the 1st, the driver of the stolen truck immediately exited the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the police man. Sgt. Lentz fired his service weapon at the driver and the driver fled the area on foot. A passenger in the stolen truck also fled the scene on foot. An exhaustive search of the surrounding area failed to yield either suspect.

Following an investigation, on January 04, 2014, authorities charged Tristan Marcel Martin Jr. with First Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, 2 counts of Second Degree Kidnapping and Possession of Stolen Vehicle in regards to the robbery that occurred at 1552 Argonne Boulevard. Tristan Martin was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $225,000.00 secured bond and has remained in custody since that time.

As the investigation continued, authorities identified Tristan Martin as the driver of the Silverado at the time the vehicle was encountered by Sgt. Lentz. On January 8, 2014, Tristan Martin was subsequently charged with Assault with a Firearm on a Law Enforcement Officer and received an additional secured bond in the amount of $100,000.00. Tristan Martin was not injured during the incident and remains in the custody of the Forsyth County Detention Center with an initial court date of January 23, 2014.

The investigation into the home invasion and the subsequent shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336/773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336/727-2800.


You can read CCD’s initial coverage of this incident HERE.


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