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Fayetteville officer involved in fatal shooting threatened

Posted January 29, 2013

— Police said Tuesday that threats have been made against the Fayetteville officer who shot and killed a man last Thursday during a traffic stop.

Officer Aaron Hunt tried stopping a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Morganton Road and Virginia Avenue early Thursday, but the driver, Nijza Lamar Hagans, 22, kept traveling on South Virginia Avenue before coming to a stop at the dead end of the road.

During the stop, police said, Hunt shot Hagans, who died at the scene.

The Fayetteville Police Department hasn't provided more details about the incident, and they acknowledged Tuesday that the lack of information might have allowed rumors to spread that prompted the threats.

Police withheld the officer's name until they could investigate the threats intercepted by the department's Gun and Gang Violence Unit. Threats also have been made against the department as a whole, police said.

“Officer-involved shootings are emotional events for the families, the community, the officer and the department,” Interim Police Chief Katherine Bryant said in a statement. “Due to the sensitive nature of these incidents and by policy, the (State Bureau of Investigation) conducts the investigation into the incident. In doing so, it is not our investigation to publicly comment on. We ask that everyone remain patient while this investigation is being conducted so that factual information can be established through the investigative process.”

Hunt, 24, has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the SBI investigation, which is standard in police-involved shootings. He joined the Fayetteville Police Department in April 2010.


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  • airbornemonty Jan 31, 2013

    What I fear the most is that if law obiding citizens are forced to get rid of their guns, it will open their home to every criminal that wants to walk in.

    Today what is keeping the criminals from terrorizing a home is their fear that the home owner might have a weapon and will use it.

  • chairmannc Jan 30, 2013

    Another example of why stricter gun laws and the banning of so called 'assault rifles" will not make the US a safer place. Does anybody think this fine outstanding fellon cared about any of the existing laws we already have in place. Evidently not, and he paid the price for his stupidity with his life. At least the taxpayers of NC won't have to pay for him to stay in prison now that he most likely got what he was asking for.

  • cmh5886 Jan 30, 2013

    People always put the police officer out to be the suspect, not the real suspect who is already a criminal and is out there looking to kill someone. I mean what other reason would a convicted felony who has all these charges on him need a weapon, especially when he knows he is not suppose to have it, bascially he is say I dont give a F about the law and saying anybody messes with me I will take them out to keep from having to go back to prison. Also for the people communicating threats to the FPD and the officer that shows how big of cowards they are and they dont care about the law. Prayers go out to the officer for his safety.

  • airbornemonty Jan 30, 2013

    There is an old saying, "Dogs that bark the loudest, seldom bite".

  • Scubagirl Jan 29, 2013

    sounds to me like the guy who got shot was a gang person, why else would threats be made against the LEO? I can come up with no other reason. Time to crack down HARD on these gang guys and lock them up......NO PROBATION--- hard PRISON time

  • Terkel Jan 29, 2013

    When I'm Queen of America, the law will say: find the punk gangbanger who's making the threats, then make them "good" on him.

  • pinkiglock Jan 29, 2013

    Thank you to the officer for his service to us, and prayers to him and his family through this time.

  • bluecanary Jan 29, 2013

    So, the sweet innocent boy who was trying so hard to turn his life around (ahem, the convicted felon who was in possession of an illegal gun) has friends who call and threaten the police? And, the day after the shooting, the FPD held a gang awareness meeting in Haymount. Oh, and the threats are being investigated by the Gang Violence unit? There's that big old elephant in Fayetteville's living room again. Here's hoping the new chief is read to clean this town up.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 29, 2013

    The crminals, like the criminal element of protests, hide behind masks. Such cowards.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 29, 2013

    " well perhaps if he hadnt gone all Harry Callahan on the guy and filling him with lead then perhaps some people would not be upset at him killing the man" mojridingrb

    And you base this biased comment upon what facts? What litte you read here on WRAL? How shallow!!