The retired narcotics detective who took a bullet in the chest when raiding a convicted crack dealer's home has sued his attacker and the man's landlord, records show.
Former Detective Brady Thompson retired from the Goldsboro Police Department in January, after a career that spanned from 1983 to 2009.
His career could have been cut short, he and other authorities say, had it not been for a bulletproof vest that deflected a shot to his chest during a 2006 raid.
Bobby Lee Rawlings, now 61, has been convicted on federal charges for drug trafficking, and pleaded guilty on local charges for assault and attempted murder on the detective.
The shot came during a raid of a home occupied by Rawlings and others at 1200 E. Elm St., records show. The former detective said he "cleared" one room, then turned a corner to check another when he saw a blue flash, he has said.
The shot knocked him to the ground, and police allege Rawlings kept firing at another officer until his weapon jammed.
In Wayne County Superior Court, Rawlings pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for the incident.
But the gun assault is not the only subject of the suit.