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Driver dies days after being stunned by police in chase

Posted March 8, 2016

Kenly officer used stun gun on chase suspect

— A Johnston County man involved in a high-speed chase last week that ended with police using a stun gun on him has died, authorities said Tuesday.

Alex Thompson, 37, of Princeton, had been in critical condition at WakeMed since the Thursday afternoon chase.

State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Shannon O'Toole didn't disclose when Thompson died and said state medical examiners would have to determine the cause of death.

The chase started when a Wilson County deputy tried to pull over a Dodge pickup for speeding on U.S. Highway 301 near Lucama, but the driver refused to stop. Authorities said the chase topped 100 mph as it headed south into Johnston County, where Kenly police picked up the pursuit.

The chase ended more than 10 miles later when the pickup crashed into a fire hydrant near the intersection of Country Store Road and U.S. Highway 70, between Pine Level and Princeton.

Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson said in a statement issued Friday that one of his officers used a stun gun on Thompson when the man ran towards the officer and disregarded the officer's commands.

Thompson then suffered what authorities described as a medical emergency and was taken to WakeMed.

The State Bureau of Investigation, the State Highway Patrol and the Kenly Police Department are reviewing the case.


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  • Melissa Miller Sep 8, 2016
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    Ok the man that was running from the law, going 100mph, then when finally stops comes towards the police after the police tell him not to, the police officer shoots him with stun gun? Not a real bullet gun! Tell me why is he being charged? Am I missing something??
    He broke many laws, could have killed others by driving so fast, then going towards the cops (NO MATTER the race, no matter if he was white & the cop was white, he was breaking the law PERIOD) I mean I hate that the man died. But what am I not seeing?

  • Geneva Smith Mar 8, 2016
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    suspect white, officer white, its not sensational. Nobody is disputing the actions of the police.

  • Amy Whaley Mar 8, 2016
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    So WRAL, what are the journalistic rules regarding when to mention race? I see no mention of race in this article while others state race consistently.

  • Frank Curcio Mar 8, 2016
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    The silence is deafening....