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Fayetteville police ID officer in fatal wreck

Posted August 17, 2009

— The Fayetteville Police Department on Monday identified the officer who struck and killed a pedestrian with his patrol car late Saturday.

Officer Phillip Burlingame was traveling on Grove Street toward Eastern Boulevard at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when a man stepped in front of his cruiser and was struck and killed, police said.

Police said they have identified the victim, who didn't have any identification on him, but they withheld the man's name until they could notify his relatives.

Burlingame has been placed on administrative duty pending the results of internal investigations.


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  • thepeopleschamp Aug 17, 2009

    Journey, a lot of FPD is former military. Men and women who devoted their life to defending our country. Now that they have served their country, they work for police departments serving their local communities. Are you accussing the defenders of our freedom, who now happen to be police officers, of magically going to the dark side? Of being "corrupt"?

    "Corruption runs from the lowest beat cop to the highest levels" journey

    If it is so blatant, please list the names of the corrupt officers in the FPD and specifically what they did??? If you know for a fact that so many cops are so bad, this should be an easy task for you.

  • leo-nc Aug 17, 2009

    Journey, thought you only had two weeks vacation. Must be a long one. lol

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 17, 2009

    Perhaps journey would like to share with us what profession he/she is in so we can have a comparison of professionalism and arrest rates within the respective occupations.

  • Journey985 Aug 17, 2009

    No Coach K, just watched enough of them on the roads and in action to know that they are not all what everyone on here and other sites would like to believe they are. Corruption runs from the lowest beat cop to the highest levels, and Spring Lake was a prime example, and to think there are not more out there like that is just not a good way to be thinking these days.

  • kbo80 Aug 17, 2009

    I'm sure that this law officer was doing the speed limit when he struck the pedestrian. I never see an officer speeding LOL.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Aug 17, 2009

    I take it you've had a few run in's with the law, Journeyman...???

  • Journey985 Aug 17, 2009

    Yes jesmyopinion....I am so sure you appreciate it when an officer is aressted for drunk driving, or maybe for domestic violence? I bet you REALLY appreciate it when they pass doctored naked pictures of a young man to bank tellers...PLEASE...Or maybe you appreciate an entire police department being let go due to corruption..not just one or two bad apples..an ENTIRE department...pleae...tell me how much you appreciate that again!!!

  • Journey985 Aug 17, 2009

    Sure am serious Big Brother.

  • Big Brother1 Aug 17, 2009

    Well, well, well, ANOTHER officer involved in ANOTHER wreck..(in his best Gomer Pyle voice)...Surprise, Surprise. Although I have no love for the law, it seems to sound like this might actually have been the pedestrians fault (I will reserve judgement until the "official" report comes out) Anyone want to take bets the officer is found not to have been at fault? (Seeing as this is being investigated by the FPD and SHP. (Thick Blue Wall at work I am sure) So sorry for the victims family.

    Seriously? Are you really serious? You can't be serious!?

  • Just the facts mam Aug 17, 2009

    One of the most dangerous parts of an officers job to themselves in just being in a car all day - and since an officer spends much of their time driving around then all types of accidents are unfortunately likely to happen. I feel sorry for all parties involved, as Officers do their job for little pay to mostly help people, and I am sure he feels very bad this happened. For all of those who respect and appreciate police, please ignore some of the comments such as Journey985 posted - the law abiding citizens appreciate what you do!!!