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Hope Mills police kill man during domestic dispute

Posted June 19, 2014

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— Two Hope Mills police officers shot and killed a man Thursday morning to end a domestic dispute in a bank parking lot.

The officers were responding to a reported assault at a PNC Bank branch at 2945 Hope Mills Road shortly after 10 a.m. and arrived to find Darrell Haymon, 53, stabbing his wife, Lorrie Haymon, in the parking lot, police said.

"When our officers got here, the assault was still in progress, with the male subject actively stabbing the female," Police Chief Joel Acciardo said.

Lorrie Haymon had suffered stab wounds, including some to her chest, Acciardo said, and her husband pulled her closer as officers approached.

Officers Kristen Thompson and Brad Dean ordered Darrell Haymon to drop his knife, but he instead raised it as if he was preparing to stab his wife again, Acciardo said. The two officers then shot him.

Thompson and Dean immediately performed life support on Darrell Haymon, but he died at the scene, the chief said.

Lorrie Haymon, 51, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Corday Leggett went to the PNC Bank to make a deposit and found a crime scene instead.

"I didn’t know what was going on, to be honest, and when I heard someone got stabbed, I was like, man, that’s crazy. It’s unreal," Leggett said.

Investigators haven't said if they've determined what prompted the attack. They spent much of the day collecting evidence from the bank parking lot, including from a pickup there with New Jersey plates.

Brian Haymon told WRAL News that his brother and sister-in-law moved to the Fayetteville area from New Jersey three weeks ago and were staying with relatives while they searched for a house. The couple has three grown children in New Jersey.

Brian Haymon said he doesn't understand why police killed his brother.

"There are other ways to subdue people than by using deadly force," he said, adding, "They have a tough job, and I understand that have to make split-second decisions."

Thompson and Dean were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation review, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shooting.

Dean has been with the Hope Mills Police Department since 2010, while Thompson has been with the department since 2012.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 23, 2014

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    Why? What's on your little mind?

  • LetsBeFair Jun 20, 2014

    The police probably made the right decision if the story is true. A bystander with a conceal carry could have done the same.

  • Ronnie Reams Jun 20, 2014

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    To keep the engines cool. I do that at a fire when going to be there a long time in hot weather.

  • PracticalMagick Jun 20, 2014

    Brian Haymon said he doesn't understand why police killed his brother.

    "There are other ways to subdue people than by using deadly force," he said, adding, "They have a tough job, and I understand that have to make split-second decisions."

    Ummmm, because he was stabbing his wife?

    Sorry...

    Also, the brother answered his own question...SMDH.

  • justabumer Jun 20, 2014

    I passed by this scene yesterday afternoon and noticed that most of the police vehicles had their hoods raised. Does anyone know why?
    I also noticed that the body was still lying in the parking lot but I'm pretty sure I understand the reason for that.

  • zile1porkey Jun 20, 2014

    Where is the picture of the deceased oh I guess we know why!

  • Lorna Schuler Jun 20, 2014

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    I did respond earlier w/apology Miseem. I did not see your second post advising sarcasm. And unfortunately, no we don't always see the sarcasm. Partly due to the fact that there are some folks who post who truly believe such things can be done. Mea culpa.

  • miseem Jun 20, 2014

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    Can no one detect sarcasm? Advising the shot be placed so as not to permanently injure the hand? Even John Wayne could not do that in the movies. Any time a law enforcement officer is justified in using a weapon, the officer should be instructed and trained to shoot to kill.

  • Lorna Schuler Jun 20, 2014

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    You watch far too many movies my dear. That is not real life. Have you ever tried and succeeded in just shooting a "glancing" shot to a hand? Good grief.

  • samdutes Jun 20, 2014

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    Some folk just don't get it...;)

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