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Clinton police shoot armed man in Burger King parking lot

Posted May 29

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— A Clinton Burger King was closed Sunday after a man died in the parking lot there, shot by police.

Clinton Chief of Police Jay Tilley said his officers fired on the man after he pointed a shotgun at them shortly after midnight.

The incident happened outside the restaurant at 100 Southeast Boulevard. Tilley said officers were called to the Burger King to find the man sitting in a truck with the gun on his lap.

Local officers and members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol closed off the parking lot and talked to the man for about half an hour, witnesses said. When the man pointed his gun at officers, they opened fire and killed him.

Dozens of shots are audible on video provided to WRAL News by a witness. Neighbors said they could hear the officers shouting at the man before the shots began.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

The officers involved in the shooting will be on administrative leave pending an investigation, standard procedure for law enforcement officers involved in a shooting.

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  • Elizabeth Hawkins May 30, 11:49 a.m.
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    Shotgun, I don't think so. If this picture posted here in this video next to the number 36 is the weapon he had, this is AR and a lot more powerful than shotgun.

  • Stacie Hagwood May 29, 9:12 p.m.
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    Classic "Suicide by Cop."

  • Brent Gale May 29, 7:15 p.m.
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    WNCN has raw footage of the incident.

  • Ryan Walsh May 29, 6:41 p.m.
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    Point gun at police= you deserve to have your head blown off period.

  • Elizabeth Hawkins May 29, 5:44 p.m.
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    Since when is it illegal to have a gun out in the open? I do believe that is his right and if he did not have concealed carry permit, that is the only legal way for him to have a gun in vehicle. I obviously do not know the entire scope of this event today, so I am not here to criticize the police or the man. If after 1/2 hour of trying to coax him out of vehicle and he then pointed gun, perhaps they were in their duty to shoot. Who knows anymore.