- Associated Press - Monday, June 29, 2015

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) - After being shot over a year ago, Charlie Goforth is becoming acclimated to a different side of law enforcement.

Goforth, 33, sustained a shot to his mid-foot near his right ankle after responding to an incident on North Point Drive. Authorities alleged 27-year-old Jerome David Poole fired at deputies when they found him exiting someone else’s home.

One of the shots struck Goforth. Poole was released from the hospital in early January 2014 after being shot multiple times during ensuing crossfire. His charges, which included attempted murder for allegedly firing at deputies, were dismissed after Poole was deemed “incapable” of proceeding in court due to significant brain damage from the gunshot wound in the shootout with deputies.

“Right now, the case is currently considered inactive,” Goforth said during a recent interview. “Due to his injuries, he’s right now deemed incompetent to stand trial from his injuries. He’s actually been released from prison.”

Doctors have told Goforth, a 2001 graduate of North Davidson High School, he is to permanently have light-to-moderate duty. After being sidelined from his patrol duties after the shootout, Goforth returned to work on light duty in the DCSO Criminal Investigations Division as he recovered from the injuries sustained in the shooting. With having a plate and four screws in his foot, Goforth, who completed basic law enforcement training at Davidson County Community College, plans to continue to perform detective work.

Goforth has been with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office since 2002. He started working with the sheriff’s office as a detention officer. Goforth worked for several years in the patrol division and previously served in the DCSO Vice/Narcotics Unit. Goforth last worked on patrol as a corporal prior to the shooting.

After the shooting, Davidson County Sheriff David Grice promoted him to detective. He has been handling fraud and assault cases. Prior to his most recent doctor’s appointment, Goforth was hopeful to return to full duty.

“It’s kind of been a long one,” Goforth said of his recovery. “I spent about 28 weeks in a cast or walking boots. Last September, I had a plate and four screws put in my foot to help hold it together.”

The 2013 incident wasn’t the first time Goforth has been involved in a shooting. Seven years prior to that incident, Goforth was involved in a brief vehicle chase with a man wanted out of Forsyth County for multiple breaking and enterings to coin-operated machines.

“He ended up crashing the vehicle,” Goforth said. “I am approaching the vehicle. He has an object in his hand. It turned out being a butcher’s knife. He basically got out of the car. As I am ordering him out of the car, he dives out of the car and comes right to me and tries to grab my gun out of my hand.”

Goforth ended up fatally shooting the man. The veteran deputy said he was one of four deputies to fire shots in the North Point Drive crossfire in 2013.

While Goforth has been involved in responding to the serious crimes, he has also been a part of miraculous incidents. While working on patrol, he delivered twin babies in early 2013.

“It actually was just a crazy coincidence,” Goforth recalled. “I was passing the driveway when the call came out. In my patrol car, I have a scanner that I listen to EMS, fire calls close by me. A lot of times, you hear wrecks come out before they give them to us. You never know when you might be coming around the corner on it.”

Goforth said the child birth call was in a mobile home park in Arcadia. He said he pulled in to find the father trying to flag someone down for help. Goforth exited his patrol car and grabbed some gloves.

Goforth said the mother was in the middle of childbirth in the bathtub. He explained he did everything he could to get the babies out. Goforth said the first baby came out and then the second baby came out breech birth, meaning the baby was delivered feet first.

“We just had to get the babies out and get them laid up on mom because I didn’t have anything to cut the umbilical cords,” the now detective said.

Goforth said he went and radioed that the children were born and rescue personnel were needed. He held a baby in a towel while other first responders were working on the other twin. Goforth said breech births were difficult for even doctors.

“It was one of those things that the good Lord was on our side,” he said. “It was about 4:15 in the morning.”

Goforth wasn’t trained in delivering children. Instinct of being a first responder assists him in unexpected and unfamiliar situations.

The twins turned out to be healthy, Goforth later learned. He had intended to deliver them Christmas gifts, but the shooting occurred on North Point Drive.

“That was really an amazing thing to do,” Goforth said of delivering the twins.


Information from: The Dispatch, https://www.the-dispatch.com



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