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Bragg soldier shot by Fayetteville officers dies

Posted May 13, 2012

— A Fort Bragg soldier who was shot by officers last weekend after he allegedly pointed a gun at them has died, police said Sunday.

Mark Lewis Salazar died Saturday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. 

Officers were called to 6505 Pacific Avenue around 3 a.m. May 5 where they found Salazar, 27, an Army staff sergeant, standing in the driveway, holding his gun, police said.

When officers asked him to put the gun down, he pointed it at them instead, police said. That's when officers fired.

No charges are pending. The three officers involved have been placed on leave with pay, which is common practice in officer-involved shootings.

No other information was released.


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  • La Mangosta Negra May 15, 2012

    I tell you that this is only the early stages of many unfortunate incidents to come. The military is forcing many highly qualified and deseving young men and women out on the streets. The officers are finally eating their own without regard to the overall impact of a rapid downsizing. VA can't even handle their caseload now. The question is..."was this Soldier asking for help?" The post deployment screening process is a joke and they know it!

  • Lightfoot3 May 15, 2012

    "only one officer fired at the soldier. Doesn't anyone find this odd that only one officer fired his weapon?" - airbornemonty

    It certainly causes one to think. Did that one cop overreact? Did the other two not see it as a threat? We're the other two slow in accessing the danger? Or did the soldier REALLY point his weapon? We'll never know. The cops statement is the standard response you always see: dude told to drop it, dude didn't, we shot him. And the trend is usually for other cops to backup the shooter, no matter what the truth may be.

    In this day and time, and with technology, I think all interactions of cops with the public should be video taped. It can be done, and within budget constraints (as long as you don't hire Haliburton-like companies).

  • Statick May 15, 2012

    ...correct treatment that he was so desperately seeking for his problem. What good is all of that suicide awareness training the Army goes through if they don't do the due diligence before a good soldier like Salalazar makes a bad decision that ends his life?

  • Statick May 15, 2012

    Very sad. I am interested to see the outcome of this investigation. Was the weapon loaded, was the soldier recently deployed, why did the police not negotiate from a safe distance, did the soldier fire any shots at the police, etc.

    I wish the police in areas around military bases had more extensive training and tactics to deal with service members. I believe that someone with the right type of training could have talked this soldier into lowering his weapon and getting the help that he needed.

    I personally have a concealed carry permit and carry a firearm, and believe in lethal force, but I believe that it should be the very last option; this article does not lead me to believe that the officers had no other options. - muer7osunavez

    I happen to work in the same building as SSgt. Salazar. It was obvious that he was suffering from PSTD. The thing is, he was trying to seek help for it for the benefit of him and his family and, unfortunately, didn't get the right avenues or correct trea

  • airbornemonty May 14, 2012

    LoveSomeGolo, for crying out loud man, think! If the person pointed his weapon at the three police officers their first reaction would have been for all three officers to fire their weapons at the same time.

    I have seen the same thing in combat. Anything out of the ordinary and everyone begans shooting at the sametime, it is our body's natural reaction for self-preservation.

    But the question is still there, why only one shooter?

  • Whatever Geez May 14, 2012

    because airborne, people like you would be up here stating how unfair it was for all three officers to shoot him at the same time. so no, its not odd.

  • airbornemonty May 14, 2012

    According to what I read at another website, there were three police officers present and only one officer fired at the soldier. Doesn't anyone find this odd that only one officer fired his weapon?

    The story states that the soldier pointed his weapon at the three officers, but what is strange is that only officer took it upon himself to shoot.

    Why didn't all three police officers begin firing the minute the soldier pointed his weapon at them, something is very strange with the police officers reported threat.

    Of course the SBI will investigate the shooting, but we all know what percentage of trust they inspire.

  • mrlee34 May 14, 2012

    Now that is just gangster

  • Whatever Geez May 14, 2012

    Muer, and what type training would that be? For real, they should treat everyone the same. The guy obviously had serious issues, they did what they are trained to do regardless.

  • leecountymama May 14, 2012

    It is sad, but it doesn't matter if the gun was loaded, it doesn't matter if the soldier was recently deployed, what is a safe distance to negotiate with someone with a gun? And it doesn't matter if he fired shots at the police. The military is trained to kill and so is the police. He knew when the police showed up that they were armed as well.