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Fayetteville officer shoots, kills man during traffic stop

Posted January 24, 2013

— A Fayetteville police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday during a traffic stop.

Police said the officer tried stopping a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Morganton Road and Virginia Avenue shortly after 6 a.m.

But the driver, identified as 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, the officer shot Hagans, who died at the scene.

A Fayetteville Police Department spokesman did not say what prompted the shooting.

The officer, whose identity has not been released, has been placed on administrative duty, which is standard in police-involved shootings, while the State Bureau of Investigation investigates.


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  • subanitov Jan 25, 3:45 p.m.

    Intresting that other media outlets reported the suspect was armed and that he had a lengthy criminal record, but WRAL chose not to provide that information.

  • subanitov Jan 25, 3:43 p.m.

    "I notice a trend of young officers not even on the force for 4 or 5 years being involved sometimes not in one shooting but sometimes two or three and in most cases the victim/criminal didn't have a gun." jjsmith1973

    Is that so? Please provide the name and agency of all these officers with less than 5 years that have shot 3 unarmed people. I can't wait to read about them.

  • SportsLover75 Jan 25, 9:01 a.m.

    Uhavenoclu-- The cop was protecting himself.

    If you were in his shoes and had been attacked by a armed felon what would you have done? Let him kill you and get away? I think not.

  • blkmamba Jan 24, 4:39 p.m.

    I think it is sad that the picture used was an arrest photo. With such little information, that paints a picture that may not be true!

  • NCHighlander Jan 24, 4:32 p.m.

    check out the nc dept of corrections website and the nc court calenders,he had a long stint 4/12 years just recently got out and got right back in trouble again.

    AWDWWITKISI Assault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. This is a good day for mankind.

  • kmengineer08 Jan 24, 4:22 p.m.

    I agree oleguy. WRAl is terrible for posting a story such as this with so very little information that you come out of reading going "What the heck was the point of me wasting my time?" I'm so tired of articles not just on this subject but in general not having enough detail to even be worth posting.

  • southerntalent Jan 24, 4:14 p.m.

    I bet ol' Nijza Lamar Hagans had a record of violence a mile long...I say, good bye! Good riddance!

    check out the nc dept of corrections website and the nc court calenders,he had a long stint 4/12 years just recently got out and got right back in trouble again.

  • mslilackitty Jan 24, 4:12 p.m.

    I didn't read anywhere that the car was stolen. I think I'll postpone my opinion until more facts are released.

  • Barfly Jan 24, 4:11 p.m.

    Nijza Lamar Hagans was a career criminal that shouldn't have been on the streets to begin with. He sealed his own fate and there's one less bad guy in this world.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 24, 3:55 p.m.

    Am glad the officer is okay and hope he is cleared for duty soon.