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Carjacking suspect shot by police dies

Posted August 13, 2008

— A carjacking suspect, whom a police officer shot following a chase through downtown Raleigh, died Wednesday.

Police say Renford Butler, 34, robbed a cab driver on Aug. 5 near Dorthea Dix Hospital then fled in the taxi.

Officers chased Butler at high speeds through downtown Raleigh before he crashed the cab into a van near the intersection of Lane and Dawson streets.

Police say Butler then waved a straight razor as officers cornered him. That is when Officer J. Bloodworth opened fire, shooting him twice. Butler died at WakeMed.

Bloodworth, who joined the Raleigh Police Department in June 2002, is on paid administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation and the department’s Internal Affairs Unit investigate the shooting. Such investigations are routine in officer-involved shootings.


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  • slick rick da troll whisperer Aug 14, 2008

    problem solved. get the officer back to work....on the car-jacking patrol.

  • Common Sense Man Aug 14, 2008

    "WLDPIG: "the cop could have just shot him in the leg, but no they think they are above the law!""

    Lol, stop watching movies. That really is an idiotic comment, no offense.

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Aug 14, 2008

    Well no one deserves to die, but in this case, justice may have been served. Live by the sword, you'll die by it. Folks need to get it together. And he looks a mess! LOL.

  • GWALLY Aug 14, 2008

    reguardless of where LE is trained to shoot.......or where they actually did shoot........the moral of the story is (1) don't rob a cab and (2) don't steal the cab, and (3) don't run from police in the stolen cab (4) or else you just might get shot......(5)'somewhere'!!!

  • Just the facts mam Aug 14, 2008

    I am sure the people who he would have been victimized by this person in the future will be thankful.

  • clover1019 Aug 14, 2008

    he chose his fate

  • OrdinaryCitizen Aug 14, 2008

    "This dude made the choice, and he got the consequences. Case Closed."


  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 14, 2008

    WLDPIG: "the cop could have just shot him in the leg, but no they think they are above the law!"

    Officers are trained to do EXACTLY what this officer did. In a confrontation, you goal is to protect your life, and other's lives. You don't take ANY chances with your life. They are trained that if their firearm is discharged, they are to fire to kill. You put your life, and the life of others, at risk if you do anything less. I know if it were me standing there, I wouldn't hesitate to drop multiple shots until he was totally immobilized/nearly dead. You meet a threat with definite action. And I would say the officer, in this case, did just fine.

  • Garnerwolf1 Aug 14, 2008

    Most American's, bred on tv shows and movies, have the mistaken impression that pinpoint accuracy with a handgun is as easy as taking a pee. The opposite is the truth. The slightest jerk of the trigger or shake of the hand is enough to throw off the aim. Throw in adrenlin and fear, and shooting at the center of the mass is hard enough, even from a close proximity. Trying to 'wing' somebody is a) going to get a bystander shot, or b)get the shooter hurt or killed. I'm sorry the man is dead, but it certainly sounds like he brought this on himself.

  • houndsforme Aug 14, 2008

    I understand some of the questions pertaining to the use of intermediate weapons (i.e. pepper spray, taser, etc.) in this case. Seems like on the surface that would have been a possible choice.

    That said, the article does not define the exacting circumstances involved. When I was in law enforcement, we had a "Use of Force Continuum" that aided us in what level of response might be warranted. From what is said in the article it suggests: close proximity = opportunity, razor in hand = ability, verbal threats by the assailant to use it = manifest intent. Response from the officer, respond with deadly force. Not an intermediate weapon. Pepper spray, tasers etc. do not always have the "knock down" force required in these situations.

    And as others have stated, the assailant made the choice to act out in the manner he did.