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Soldier surrenders to Fayetteville police after standoff in Walmart parking lot

Posted May 14

An unidentified man surrendered to Fayetteville police late Tuesday following a 90-minute standoff in the parking lot of a Walmart on Skibo Road.

— An unidentified male soldier surrendered to Fayetteville police late Tuesday following a 90-minute standoff in the parking lot of a Walmart on Skibo Road. 

Officers responding to the west Fayetteville store at about 10:30 p.m. found the man inside a car. According to authorities, he was threatening to harm himself.

Police cleared the parking lot, and customers were kept inside the store as a precaution. 

"Cops told us to get in our cars, get back inside the building, because we were in the firing range," Robert Casey, a witness, told WRAL News.

The active duty soldier, who was believed to have a weapon, surrendered at about midnight, and he was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. His name has not been released and it was unclear if he would face charges.

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said the soldier's family called authorities prior to the standoff. 

"We were able to locate him here in the parking lot and through a fairly lengthy negotiation we were able to get him to come out of the car and safely resolve the situation," Medlock said. 

Medlock said standoff calls are some of the most dangerous his officers deal with. 

"In these kinds of things, time works for us," he said. "The longer we can go where we don't have something that is causing a problem, time is on our side. We use that to slow things down, we're very deliberate in our approach, and it worked out well tonight. Everybody is going home safe."

No injuries were reported during the incident.

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  • Jump1 May 15, 10:14 a.m.

    "Cops told us to get in our cars, get back inside the building, because we were in the firing range," Robert Casey, a witness, told WRAL News. Thats it think of shooting first...

  • recontwice May 14, 10:31 a.m.

    I am wondering if this warrior had tried to get some help through the military channels and was... View More

    — Posted by Iwasasoldier4u

    Im with you on that but in the current right wing climate tav breaks for corps and the rich are a higher priority than helping those they used as cannon fodder to enrich their pals in the defense industry!!Semper Fi!!

  • SFSOLDIER May 14, 10:08 a.m.

    The Soldier needs help. I hope he gets it.

  • Iwasasoldier4u May 14, 9:54 a.m.

    I am wondering if this warrior had tried to get some help through the military channels and was rebuffed. The military or the VA wants to help a wounded warrior and that is what they are even if they have no physical wounds. We need to stop sending billions of taxpayer dollars {and the borrowed Chinese dollars} to other countries until every veteran in this country and hungry child is taken care as promised.

  • LibertarianTechie May 14, 9:21 a.m.

    Glad the situation was handled very well.

  • I Carry even in Cary May 14, 9:09 a.m.

    Great job oficers

  • SereneChaos May 14, 9:09 a.m.

    Glad it ended this way. Most of the time when a family call the police for help in a situation... View More

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Considering how many calls police departments get about situations just like this, the actual times that someone ends up dead are very, very rare.

  • hollylama May 14, 8:53 a.m.

    Agreed Super

  • saturn5 May 14, 8:50 a.m.

    Thank you FPD for not just opening fire to end the problem. You may have saved a life. Good work.

  • Super Hans May 14, 8:36 a.m.

    Glad it ended this way. Most of the time when a family call the police for help in a situation like this, their loved one ends up dead whether they are armed or unarmed.