Wake deputies involved in fatal shooting
Posted April 8, 2009
Updated April 9, 2009
Willow Springs, N.C. — Two Wake County sheriff's deputies are on administrative duty following a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday morning at a residence just southeast of Fuquay-Varina.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said deputies were responding at the time to reports of loud music at 2809 Green Clover Drive in Willow Springs when Michael Harrison Andrews, 21, was shot.
"The individual was playing loud music and came out with a weapon in his hand," Harrison said. "There was a standoff."
A 911 caller complained of loud music coming from two vehicles shortly before 5 a.m., and radio traffic indicates that when deputies arrived, a man jumped out of one vehicle, claimed to have a gun and ran into a trailer.
Harrison said a special-response team spent more than 90 minutes trying to talk Andrews, who went back and forth from his car to inside his home, into surrendering. Deputies evacuated nearby homes, according to radio traffic. Neighbors said they heard two gunshots around 6:30 a.m.
"He was very uncooperative, and there was some alcohol involved," he said.
Harrison declined to discuss further details but said an altercation led to the shooting and that the weapon Andrew had was a gun.
"I'm going to turn it over to the State Bureau of Investigation, because our officers were involved, and they will be handling it from this point on," Harrison said.
Deputies Scott Earp and Jeffrey Minschew will remain on administrative duty pending the outcome of the SBI's investigation, Harrison said. That is a standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Earp has worked at the sheriff's office for about 11 years; Minschew for nearly nine.
Neighbors said they did not know Andrews well and that he had moved into the neighborhood about two weeks ago.