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Police: Hope Mills officer shoots bat-wielding man

Posted October 26, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014

— A Hope Mills police officer shot a man who attacked him with a metal bat during a traffic stop Sunday, according to police.

Police say Officer Luis Munoz stopped a black SUV on Pinewood Drive off Legion Road around 8:45 a.m. The driver, Marcel Damiano Campbell, 31, then "became combative" and attempted to hit Munoz with a bat, according to police.

During the struggle, Munoz used his Taser, but it had no effect. Campbell then charged at the officer with the bat. Munoz drew his gun and ordered Campbell to stop, but he refused, police said. Munoz then shot him, and Campbell ran to his vehicle and fled the scene.

Officers arrested him a short time later at a dead-end portion of Pinewood Drive. Campbell is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and no operator's license. He remained in the Cumberland County jail Sunday night under a $15,000 bond.

Campbell, whose last known address was on Allgood Avenue, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and driving without a license.

Munoz, who has been with the police department since 2011, was not injured in the struggle.

The incident startled neighbors in what they said is an otherwise quiet area.

"If this happens again or within the next year or so, it may be time to start looking around," said Leland Matheney, who lives on Pinewood Drive. "I think you're crazy if you're charging after a policeman."

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating, which is standard in an officer-involved shooting.


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  • Chase Truman Oct 28, 2014
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    That's what I was thinking. Sounds like quite a low bond.

  • LetsBeFair Oct 27, 2014

    Sounds like the office fired 1 shot, the Bat man is very fortunate the officer didn't do more.

  • LetsBeFair Oct 27, 2014

    this is what is also taught in concealed carry class. If you can't reasonably get away, shoot them. Officers often put up with a lot before pulling the trigger. This is not unreasonable if true.

  • Bob Smith Oct 27, 2014
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    Why do these people think it is OK to attempt to hurt a police officer with a bat, and then complain when the police officer defends themselves? This seems to be a pattern of a lack of respect for other human beings. I am just glad the Officer was not hurt!

  • Sean Dowe Oct 27, 2014
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    Swing a bat at a cop, you're going to get shot. Tough.

  • darylp Oct 27, 2014

    Pretty sad you swing at bat at an officer and they put you under a 15,000 bond.

  • mike honcho Oct 27, 2014

    Never bring a bat to a gun fight, you'll lose that battle 9 times out of 10 my friend.

  • Duff Dry Oct 27, 2014

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    Nah, they don't use metal bats in the majors, so I'm gonna say he was a bush league player at best. (... with apologies to all the bush league players out there!)

  • disgusted2010 Oct 27, 2014

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    AND putting law enforcement in the worst light possible.

  • Richard Hertz Oct 27, 2014
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    WRAL is not worried about getting it right just getting it first