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Man who shot Raleigh officer commits suicide during standoff

Posted February 6, 2012
Updated February 7, 2012

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— A man who shot a Raleigh police officer and engaged police in a standoff was found dead late Monday when officers stormed his Brier Creek apartment.

Police were notified around 11 a.m. that Steven Gregory Meyer, 48, was threatening suicide and violence, and officers tracked him down to his apartment at 9321 Bothwell St. Crisis negotiators talked to him for several hours, but he refused to come out of his apartment, police said.

When a tactical team tried to get inside shortly before 7:30 p.m., they found that the apartment door had been barricaded from the inside. Meyer fired several shots, but the officers didn't return fire, police said.

Officer Adam W. Young, 30, was shot multiple times and was taken to WakeMed, police said. Young, who has been with the Raleigh Police Department since June 2005, was stable early Tuesday, and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Police later fired tear gas into the apartment, but Meyer still didn't emerge. At about 11 p.m., the tactical team stormed the apartment, where members found Meyer dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Residents living nearby, who were forced to leave the apartment complex before 7:30 p.m., were then allowed to return home.


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  • Sherlock Feb 8, 2012

    Saving money on this one, no jail, no Dr. bills, state and city got over.

  • muggs Feb 7, 2012

    Buckie, Your boy Devon had a choice,he just made a bad one,can't blame the LEO's for having to do their jobs I'm sure none woke up that morning wanting to end anyones life.

  • muggs Feb 7, 2012

    WRAL monitor allows this Buckie to continue their rants but will terminate another person for responding in a not so favorable manner,whats going on here today.

  • kbrianf Feb 7, 2012

    "I hope they sleep well at night knowing they executed an unarmed mentally challenged human being! - Buckie"

    I doubt they do. Once the cops discovered that the young man did not have a gun, I imagine every one of them felt heartsick. Given the situation, however, I do not know of any other choice they had at that point. If they could take it back knowing what they know now, I'm sure they would. But it can't be taken back, and the cops couldn't have known at that moment anything other than what Devon implied - that he was armed and willing to kill his hostage. For reasons no one will truly know, Devon made a bad, bad choice that day and suffered the sad consequences. It was a sad ending for all involved - the police, the hostages, and most especially Devon and those who loved him.

  • surfnturf27 Feb 7, 2012

    ...Well, you know the old saying, If you aren't happy where you are....... MOVE!!!!! See if it's better elsewhere!

  • gunny462 Feb 7, 2012

    "because if they were perhaps there would not be officers that kick dogs, fondle women, shoot unarmed people, or solicit sex for no tickets...yep top notch Mayberry protect and serve round these here parts"

    Sounds like someone received to many moving violation tickets

  • surfnturf27 Feb 7, 2012

    Buckie..... Is someone PAYING YOU to try to stir something up here? Are you a cop hater?

  • surfnturf27 Feb 7, 2012

    Buckie.... It isn't about "Your Boy' now, it's about these LEOs doing their job to try to protect the ommunity. Say something positive...... or don't post on here! Nobody want to hear it!

  • wheelofvoter Feb 7, 2012

    I am very glad Officer Young will recover. He appears to have bravely walked into a hornet's nest of dispair. The man inside with a masters in Psychology from a local University, was deperately trying to avoid jail or the wacky house. This can happen to unemployed folks who are in the process of losing custody of their children whether it is their fault or not and crack under the stresses of life. This is why it may be best not to own a gun. This is why I tow the line (to a fault) with my spouse. After the youngest turns 18 it is a new game. I am very glad that in the end, Steve did not take an innocent life just because he could not live with himself any more. His kids WILL make this world a better place and that makes Steve's life valuable to us all.

  • juliov27612 Feb 7, 2012

    Why is this tragedy a political football? IMO, all the comments should be removed because they have nothing to do with the story; they're just an attempt to politicize it.