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Hostage: Accused Captor Wanted Police to Kill Him

Posted January 10, 2008
Updated January 11, 2008

— A man charged with holding a Fayetteville convenience store clerk hostage Wednesday night before surrendering wanted police to kill him because he was depressed, the clerk said Thursday.

Jeffrey Deaver, 21, of 6934 Brockwood St., was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

Clerk Tina Adkins, 50, said she triggered the silent alarm after a man armed with a knife and a gun entered the Lucky 7 store, at 7601 S. Raeford Road, at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sgt. Chris Davis of the Fayetteville Police Department said an officer responding to the alarm entered the store and was confronted by a man brandishing "some type of black handgun." That prompted the department's Emergency Response Team and hostage negotiators to be called to the scene.

During an ensuing two-hour standoff, the gunman told police that the handgun was actually a BB gun, Adkins said.

After an initial scuffle in which she clubbed the gunman with a jewelry case and was dragged by her hair to a back room in the store, Adkins said, her captor was very polite. He was sipping Heineken beer, while she had a Mountain Dew and smoked during the incident.

"He promised me he wasn't going to hurt me, and he wanted me to call the police and tell them to come down here and kill him," Adkins said.

He told Adkins he was depressed because his younger brother had died, and he wanted to end his life. But he felt suicide was a sin, so he decided to take a hostage to try to get police to shoot and kill him, Adkins said the gunman told her.

"I think he really made a bad choice. He's not a bad kid. I think he needs some kind of medical help," Adkins said.

About two hours after the incident began, Adkins was released without injury and ran to safety.

About 15 minutes later, the Emergency Response Team entered the store, deployed two “flash-bangs,” or stun grenades, and took Deaver into custody without incident.

“I understand there are several rooms in the store, and I don’t think (police) knew his initial location. And to temporarily distract the suspect, they did throw two flash-bangs,” Davis said.

Deaver's mother, who didn't want to give her name, told WRAL that Deaver's brother died as a toddler 15 years ago. She said she wasn't aware her son had experienced such difficulty dealing with the loss over the years and said she didn't know why he suddenly wanted to have police kill him.


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  • oldrebel Jan 11, 2008

    I feel as unsafe in large portions of Fayetteville as I do in Durham. Day or night. It's just a layer of forboding in many parts of either city when I drive through them, and lately it's seems to have grown in Fayetteville, while Durham has more or less remained static. Don't get me wrong, I shop Fed'vul often. I visit museums, parks, not just the Mall. But there are places in Fed'vul I'd really hate to break down. Adn there are some places there that when I come up to an intersection at night I'm am on point for anyone and anything going on around my vehicle until the light changes. I don't feel that need in most places. But I do there. It's not a slam against Fayetteville overall, just some neighborhoods. It's a shame because the city has so much to offer if it were just safer...or at least perceived to be safer. And maybe I'm totally off base. Just my opinion.

  • Godschild43 Jan 10, 2008

    This truly was a cry fore help.i pray that he gets it.

  • gopanthers Jan 10, 2008

    itsnews2me - Your post was very good and true. But there are some that are so depressed what you are saying is to logical for them to reach out for help. Here goes everyone will know. I have in the pasted - some years ago got/was so depressed I couldn't even think for myself. It took some real intervention by friends and family to get me back on track. Thank God I had people in my life that took matters into their own hands to help me. Don't get me wrong. I am not condoning what he did - It was WRONG - I just know the depths of depression he must be in. And I thank god neither him nor anyone else was hurt. Yes he should pay for his crime but I hope it's not in Jail. Medical help is what he needs. Not jail time!

  • TLC2 Jan 10, 2008

    Yes, Fayetteville has changed since the 70s. Hay Street is no longer a shrine to Sodom and Gomorrah:

    That's right - THe shrine has moved to Bragg Blvd. I know I live here in Fayettenam!!! Get off your high horse. Fayetteville does have a higher crime rate, murder rate than a lot of towns/cities than most in NC.
    I'm thankful that kid did not hurt anyone but don't go around saying how wonderful Fayetteville is when it's not. Statics don't lie!! Every night someone here is either shot, raped, murdered every night! Read the papers and most nights it's more than 1 . Weekends is worse and its terrible and what is great about that.

  • itsnews2me Jan 10, 2008

    "He is DEPRESSED. This was a cry for help."

    Perhaps he would stop "crying for help" and victimizing others and "call for help" by himself....

    National Mental Health Association
    800-969-NMHA (6642)

    National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    800-273-TALK (8255)

    SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
    800-662-HELP (4357), 800-487-4889 (TDD), 877-767-8432 (Spanish)

    SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

  • Adelinthe Jan 10, 2008

    Suffering a bout of depression is like being buried alive. You sit in the dark and hide away from every one and every thing, even your beloved children and pets.

    The pain of the self-ostrasization can become more than a person can bear, and it's not insanity, it's a chemical imbalance.

    Most depression can be treated with drugs, but sometimes it takes years to find the right one and along that way, some of the effects from the wrong ones for a person can create problems worse than the depression itself.

    If you haven't been there, thank God for your health and don't knock those who are there.

    Am thanking God no one was hurt and pray they can find treatment of this young man quickly.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • oldrebel Jan 10, 2008

    He may have used meth, or drink too much. But the underlying problem seems to be Depression. Sopefully he'll get the help he needs so much.

  • jellybeanz Jan 10, 2008

    First of all let's stop calling him and my town names. We are all adults right? Let's just be grateful that he only wanted to kill himself and he did not walk into a school loaded with ammo and take out several innocent children. Isn't that the way it's done these days? Please pray he gets help and doesn't get lost in the system.

  • Space Mountain Jan 10, 2008

    Sorry, but just because you're depressed doesn't give you a pass. This was stupid.

  • jimmycrackcorn Jan 10, 2008

    At least we have most of our Police Officers over in Iraq helping to guard all the new Health Clinics we are building over there. Not that this guy doesn't deserve punishment for scaring the clerk but he definately needs Mental Health treatment.