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Man Dies After Being Shot By Fayetteville Police Officer

Posted November 4, 2005

— A man who was shot by a Fayetteville police officer during a routine traffic stop Thursday has died, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

Jamie Smith, a spokeswoman with the department, said Officer Bart Suggs pulled over 24-year-old Calvin Wilson during a routine traffic stop at about 4 p.m. on

Seneca Drive

.

Smith said Suggs noticed Wilson had a weapon as he approached the car.

"When he approached the vehicle, the driver had a weapon and the officer warned him many times," Smith said. "And after many warnings, shots were fired and the suspect was taken to the hospital, where he later passed away."

Police described Suggs as a veteran officer who has been in difficult situations before.

But Laurie Reed said she witnessed the entire incident, and she said she "didn't see [Wilson] do anything that he shouldn't have been doing."

She added: "I know [the police] have their job, but you can't stop people because of their gender or the way their hair is, their clothes, and it seems like the young black males are always getting it."

According to a written statement released by the Fayetteville Police Department, Suggs has been placed on administrative duty.

The Fayetteville Police Department's Office of Professional Standards and the State Bureau of Investigation also will conduct an investigation into the shooting.

Reed said she should like Wilson's family to know that she saw him "during his last time."

"And the only voice he heard was mine," she added. "I kept telling him to listen to my voice. He looked at me, and I knew he was gone before they put him on that truck."

Another suspect who was in the custody of Fayetteville police officers in a separate case died Thursday.

Jamal Davis

reportedly was ill at the Cumberland County jail and taken to the hospital where he later died. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding his death.

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