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Suspect in Fayetteville gas station robbery, police standoff dies

Posted November 30, 2012

— A man shot by Fayetteville police in an early Friday standoff after a gas station robbery has died, police said.

Police closed Cliffdale Road between Rim and Hook Loop roads about 2:30 a.m. after responding to a robbery call at a Shell gas station at 8385 Cliffdale Road.

The clerk escaped the gas station unharmed, but the robber barricaded himself inside, and a four-hour standoff ensued.

Police parked an armored truck outside the gas station so crisis negotiators could talk to the man, but investigators said he never responded to their efforts.

Fayetteville standoff Robbery suspect dies after exchanging gunfire with Fayetteville police

The standoff ended when police and the suspected robber exchanged gunfire at about 6:45 a.m. Police said the man fired a shot from inside the gas station and then came outside with a rifle, refusing officers' demands to drop the weapon.

"The suspect actually fired one shot out the store. We don't know at who but just know that it did penetrate the store's glass," police Lt. Chris Davis said. "A few minutes after that, he came and was shot by one of the police officers."

The man, identified as Montrez Javon Virgil, 25, of 2532 Mesa Drive in Fayetteville, died a few hours later at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

It's unclear how many times Virgil was shot.

No officers were wounded.

The State Bureau of Investigation was reviewing the shooting. The officer involved hasn't been identified, but police said he has been placed on administrative duty while the SBI investigates, which is standard procedure.

Cliffdale Road was reopened at about 10:30 a.m.

Police said there was no indication that the incident was linked to a Monday night robbery of a Grove Street convenience store. Two store employees were wounded in that robbery.


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  • Lightfoot3 Dec 3, 2012

    “What you grow up to be is a result of the environment you were raised in!” - yankee1

    “No ... blame the family, they did not do a good job as parents to keep this person out of trouble.” - bombayrunner

    There are PLENTY of bad kids that come from good families. While the chances of a bad kid are greater if it’s a bad family, there’s no guarantee that a good family won’t have a rogue kid.

  • atheistswillserveinhell Nov 30, 2012

    one less dirt bag

  • gabewilliams12 Nov 30, 2012

    oh well. He was doing wrong. shot at the police..Good shot FPD. My parents live over there. Better him then them.

  • cbiga220 Nov 30, 2012

    Sad, people will do anything for Christmas money, though not much to get from a gas station at 2 or 3 in the morning, good for Fayetteville's Finest

  • eoglane Nov 30, 2012

    way to go Fayetteville PD knock the criminals down

  • dleham Nov 30, 2012

    Good!! He won't be robbing anything else.

  • yankee1 Nov 30, 2012

    right on Bartmeister!

  • signbiz1 Nov 30, 2012

    Thanks for comin' out.

  • Bartmeister Nov 30, 2012

    Live AND die by the sword. No sympathy here for the dead criminal.

  • beachboater Nov 30, 2012

    "I agree Relic. No officer I ever worked with goes to work wanting to shoot, kill or injure someone. It isn't what they want or need, as the public crucifies them in the media even when justified." topfan4unc

    "------ that, is NOT a fact." bombayrunner

    What's up with that Bombayrunner? Most of the LEO's that I have known have never fired their gun except in training (or hunting).