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Bondsman Shot to Death While Apprehending Bail-Jumper

Posted July 22, 2002

— A bondsman who had been on the job for just two weeks was shot to death when he entered a home to apprehend a bail-jumper, police said.

Carl King, 50, a retired postal manager from Raleigh, was found in the living room of a duplex in Selma about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

King was on a job for Smith Bail Bonds and had gone to the home with his boss and at least one other person to apprehend Walter Lashawn Gilmore, 28, who had skipped court on a drug charge. Gilmore was caught behind the residence and taken to the Johnston County jail, where he was being held Sunday under $300,000 bail.

Police have not determined who shot King, and no one has been charged. Several people were in the house when the shots were fired, but investigators are still trying to determine how many and who, Sgt. W.K. Batson of the Selma Police Department said.

The weapon that killed King has not been recovered. Police said they have no evidence of a shootout.

King was a Vietnam veteran who retired last year after 25 years at the U.S. Postal Service as a manager. He was married and had three grown children and three grandchildren.

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