Man shot by Wake County deputy dies
Posted February 11, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — A 25-year-old man shot by a Wake County deputy at a home off Leesville Road died Saturday afternoon, officials with the Wake County Sheriff's Office said.
According to radio traffic, Adam Wade Carter was shot twice in the chest.
A woman called 911 around 9:30 a.m. saying that Carter, her nephew, was threatening to commit suicide. She told the dispatcher that he was armed with a knife.
When deputies arrived at the home, at 5425 Live Oak Trail, Carter threatened First Class Deputy Tavares Thompson with the knife, authorities said.
"When the deputy arrived and went inside the house, the subject did confront our deputy and was shot," said Sheriff Donnie Harrison. "(He) had a knife in his hand."
Carter died Saturday afternoon at WakeMed following the shooting. Thompson was not hurt in the incident.
During the 911 call, the dispatcher spent several minutes speaking with Carter directly, trying to calm him down. He told her he had done terrible things, including cheating on his wife and beating her.
He also spoke about his 10-year-old son, who he wasn't caring for or seeing.
The investigation has been turned over to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, authorities said. Thompson has been placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Harrison said deputies responding to potentially dangerous situations have to "do what we have to do, whatever is presented to us."
"We're trained and hopefully that training kicks in," he said. "Our safety is very important. The victim's safety is important, too."