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Man shot by Fayetteville officer dies

Posted October 27, 2011

— A Linden man wounded last week during a struggle with a Fayetteville police officer died Thursday, police said.

Officer Bobby Cash and Police Specialist Heather Napieralski pulled over a car for a traffic violation on Oct. 17, police said.

When Cash approached the car in the parking lot of Sparky's Club, at 740 Bragg Blvd., a fight ensued. He fired several shots during the struggle, striking the driver in the torso, police said.

Gregory Paul Townsend, 45, was wounded in the shooting and had been in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center since then.

Both Cash and Napieralski have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of internal and  State Bureau of Investigation reviews of the shooting.


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  • sloan89 Oct 27, 2011

    What most people do not realize is that when you have an encounter with the police the documentation you get and the documentation that the DA gets are different. In what way you ask? The DA's version has notes on it from the officer; one key item is "P&C" "Polite and Cooperative" it goes a long way for your case in court.

  • TITAN4X4 Oct 27, 2011

    You are kidding, right?

    LongWay, cops have the guns. Obey their commands, then you can fight in court later when you're still alive!!!!!!. A little bit of cooperation goes a long way with LE's. Its when you make erratic moves or refuse to cooperate and incorporate physical violence that gets you into trouble... If you have nothing to hide, or feel you wern't in the wrong, you have nothing to worry about.

  • NotAgain Oct 27, 2011

    When a officer tells you something you Do it ,Weather its right or wrong just do it. pat7

    You are kidding, right?

  • gaangelpch34 Oct 27, 2011

    Well said mlmecu!!! I can't imagine how Aunt Johanna must feel. I know she is lost. Losing her husband for many years and her only child. But out of respect I hope you all watch the comments you put on here! He does have a mother and 2 children that can read some of these nasty comments! I pray for the officers, my family and all those involved.
    Prayers for Justice whatever it may be.
    George Townsend's niece

  • pat7 Oct 27, 2011

    When a officer tells you something you Do it ,Weather its right or wrong just do it. Until you live in their shoes then no one has any reason to say anything negitive about Police Officers Most people only call them when something bad happends to them .Respect Honor them ,And the system will weed out the bad ones

  • Glass Half Full Oct 27, 2011

    So sorry for his mother and his children. Tough to have lost two family members this close together. My prayers are with you all.

  • mlmecu Oct 27, 2011

    Was Townsend in the wrong? Yes. Did the officer do what he had to? Maybe, maybe not. The only ones who know what really happened are those who were there or those who saw the video. I want justice served just as much as the next person, but this shouldn't be about placing blame or saying oh well. We need to remember there is family who is mourning a loved ones life. He has children who will no longer have a father. He has a mother who just lost her husband 2 weeks ago and has now lost her only son. Yes, I know the family personally and although I was never a fan of Mr. Townsend there are others (family members, friends, and the officers involved) who have to suffer as a result of his actions.

  • nycdetective Oct 27, 2011

    The bad part of this is two-fold. The offender is now dead for not complying with the officer. The officer, justified or not, will live with the outcome for the rest of his life. It has ended the career of many a good cop!

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Oct 27, 2011

    Well said Wildcat.

  • hunter38 Oct 27, 2011

    He made a choice that day.