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Fayetteville chief angry about lack of cooperation in shooting probe

Posted October 3, 2014

— Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock says he is more than frustrated, he's angry that police are not getting more cooperation in solving the slaying of a 16-year-old boy last weekend.

Medlock tells the Fayetteville Observer that police think they know the three people responsible but cannot obtain warrants because witnesses have not come forward.

Authorities say Joseph Braxton III was shot and killed Sept. 27 when he arrived at a party.

About 20 students were invited to the party and there were about 10 adult chaperones. The chief says several of those attending saw the shooting and some may have recorded it on cellphones.

He says neither parents nor students are cooperating with police.


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  • mustysteer Oct 3, 2014

    The word "snitch" needs to be banned from the english language. Wait until it's one of their own. Then see who complains about "no cooperation". I am in agreement. Tell the families we've done all we can do. We're sorry for your loss.

  • Viewer Oct 3, 2014

    What kind of protection is the Chief offering the folks who snitch? Nobody wants themselves or their family killed because of being a "good citizen".

  • sendusmessage Oct 3, 2014

    Fayetteville is the new Durham re. gangs and a ghetto mentality. It's unfortunate. The community needs to take responsibility, it's pretty obvious the cops can't do it themselves.

  • bluecanary Oct 3, 2014

    Really? Recorded it on their cell phones? But everyone is scared of snitching. Nope, we don't have a gang problem or a crime problem in Fayetteville. Not a bit.

  • Jump1 Oct 3, 2014

    And this is news to him... I would just tell the parents that we have done all we can and tell them they are stopping the investigation because of no leads and no help from the party goers.. see what happen then.

  • juliomercado Oct 3, 2014

    Its the culture of no snitching. Its okay to commit murder, deal drugs, abandon your children, live off the taxpayers, steal, rape and act like animals, but god forbid you 'snitch'. I blame the pop culture criminals that these people idolize AND the government for allowing them to create these zones of willful ignorance.

  • kermit60 Oct 3, 2014

    No cooperation? Then let them live with it.

  • Grand Union Oct 3, 2014

    Who wants a gang after them?