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NAACP: Community needs 'whole story' of man shot by trooper in February

Posted July 8

— Local civil rights leaders are demanding autopsy results for a man shot to death by a state trooper in Durham.

The NAACP held a news conference Saturday afternoon, calling on investigators to provide answers in the case of Willard Eugene Scott Jr., who was shot following a February traffic stop.

Officials said Scott failed to stop on US-501 near Duke Street on Feb. 12 when Trooper Jerimy Mathis turned on sirens and blue lights.

After a brief pursuit, Scott exited his vehicle and began to run on foot. During the chase, Mathis fired his gun and struck Scott, who authorities said had displayed a gun. Scott was transported to Duke Regional Hospital where he later died.

Scott’s mother and other family members attended a Saturday conference, where Durham NAACP President Roland Staton said 5 months of waiting for autopsy results is too long.

“The Durham community needs the whole story. Until they get it, there is yet another cloud cast over whether law enforcement keeps us safe or whether we need to be kept safe from law enforcement,” Staton said.

The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the case. An agency spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

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  • Amy Whaley Jul 8, 7:24 p.m.
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    Come on WRAL, do your job. The claim is that waiting 5 months for autopsy report is too long. I would like to know if 5 months is really too long. My experience with the wait for an autopsy performed by the state is that it took more than 5 months. What is the average time? I appreciate that the family wanted to know yesterday, as would I, however; is their statement correct.