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Fayetteville chief concerned about safety in search for slaying suspects

Posted September 3, 2013

— Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock issued a warning Tuesday that the men who gunned down a 27-year-old father of two after kidnapping him from a gas station could pose a threat to the public and police officers.

"I'm certainly concerned for the community, but I'm also concerned for my police officers," Medlock said. "I believe if one of our officers happens to encounter one of these individuals, certainly they will take – the bad guys will take – whatever advantage they can to get away."

Police are searching for three men who robbed Errol Williams early Sunday at a Bragg Boulevard Kangaroo, forced him into his car and shot and killed him just blocks away.

After surveillance images and video from the gas station were released, investigators believe those same men returned to the store Sunday afternoon to steal the surveillance equipment there. They also robbed two customers, police said.

In both instances, the men drove away in a gray or silver Kia Sportage. They should be considered armed and dangerous.

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock Fayetteville chief: Slaying suspects armed, dangerous

"I'm kind of worried," said Cumberland County resident Brian Lewis. "Folks have been getting more and more rowdy around here and the police are trying to do what they can do, but they can only do so much."

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and callers can remain confidential.


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  • stanleygstevens2 Sep 4, 2013

    I feel sure these 3 individuals were headed home after spending hours mentoring young children and just got caught up in the moment and decided to murder an innocent young man. No doubt within a couple days there family will come out and say that this was so out of character for them!

  • golorealist Sep 4, 2013

    1 down, 2 to go. way to go fpd...get these worthless individuals off of the street.

  • buster102007 Sep 4, 2013

    This was also all over Fox News so even though they most likely left the area their pixelated pictures are everywhere. They even had a picture of the license plate. Wonder if they were able to clear that pic up any.

  • kermit60 Sep 4, 2013

    Like the last dozen people who murdered someone in Fayetteville weren't dangerous?

  • buster102007 Sep 4, 2013

    These men are very dangerous.

    You think??? These are not men, they are garbage eating animals. This cannot be the first time they have done something like this.

  • buster102007 Sep 4, 2013

    Get a team of Delta Force or Rangers and turn them loose to track and kill these animals. Include Navy Seals since the young man murdered was a Navy Vet. Why are all surveillance cameras so pixelated in 2013?????

  • btneast Sep 4, 2013

    Beware that some repeat violent felons will laugh at the law enforcement strength pepper sprays that civilians can't even buy. They get used to it in prison and just makes their eyes water but doesn't stop them.

    Yes...Pepper spray is better than nothing, but just barely. If you think pepper spray is going to stop an assailant cold, then you are mistaken. It might buy you a few seconds of extra running room

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 4, 2013

    "If you are opposed to guns, or cannot afford them, professional-grade pepper spray can be an excellent choice. I personally own several canisters of Fox 5.3. It's strong stuff."

    Beware that some repeat violent felons will laugh at the law enforcement strength pepper sprays that civilians can't even buy. They get used to it in prison and just makes their eyes water but doesn't stop them.

  • seanmic33 Sep 4, 2013

    This is why we have the right to bear arms. If anyone opposes our new gun laws; I would not wish for this to happen to you for you to realize that we need to be able to protect ourselves when police are cannot be summoned immediately, and most of the time its too late anyways. There should be a reward offered for these men and I bet you there own mother would turn them in.

  • puzzled Sep 4, 2013

    The police will have to stand up and do whatever is necessary to protect the law abiding citizens and themselves. Time to stop always thinking about the criminals rights. Protect yourself and do what you get paid to do, protect everyone else. We are all learning to shoot and protect ourselves. It is a shame that we are having to regress to the 1800's and start toting again. That did not work to good either.