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SBI Investigating Fayetteville Shooting Death

Posted December 30, 1996

— Two Fayetteville police officers opened fire after answering a domestic call Sunday. Now, one man is dead and the State Bureau of Investigation is joining the police department in investigating.

It was just before 9 p.m. Sunday when officers responded to a domestic dispute call on Filter Plant Drive. When they arrived, they say, Samuel Judd came out of the house yelling and swinging a rifle.

Two police officers shot at 36-year-old Judd and said that what they walked into was the aftermath of an out-of-control domestic dispute.

Laurie Hall placed the call to police dispatchers. She told dispatchers that Judd had trashed her car and was threatening to kill her with a machete.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, Judd had allegedly put down the and picked up a rifle.

Bryant says officers Brian Gainey and Billy Krieger opened fire and Judd died shortly afterward.

Police have not said how many shots were fired.

Joseph Judd claims his brother wasn't trying to shoot the officers, but was trying to put the gun down.

SBI agents won't say if the rifle was loaded.

Bullet holes are scattered over Samuel Judd's house and Joseph Judd says he wants to know why police let his brother bleed to death.

Samuel Judd did have an extensive criminal record including six different assaults on law enforcement officers.

SBI officials say they are awaiting autopsy and lab test results. They say when they have those results, which should happen in about two weeks, they will make a recommendation to the district attorney.


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