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Air pistol, knife seized from home of man killed by deputies

Posted April 14, 2009

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— Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation seized a knife and an air pistol, as well as prescription medications, from the home of a man killed last week by Wake County sheriff's deputies, according to a search warrant returned Tuesday.

Deputies were responding to reports of loud music at the home of Michael Harrison Andrews, 21, when the shooting occurred early in the morning on April 8.

Andrews had become belligerent, told deputies he was armed and that they needed to leave his residence, the warrant stated. At one point, he told deputies he wanted to end his life.

The warrant also stated that a special response team talked with him for more than an hour, during which Andrews walked around in front of his home with a gun, refusing to put it down.

"The victim was repeatedly seen with a handgun and continued to move in and out of the front door of his residence," investigators said.

Deputies Scott Earp and Jeffrey Minschew shot Andrews after he raised his gun toward deputies, according to the warrant.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison has declined to comment on the shooting. The SBI is investigating, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.

Earp and Minschew are on administrative duty, pending the completion of the SBI investigation.


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  • Worland Apr 15, 2009

    A quick Google showed that four people die a year in the U.S. from BB guns! Seems the vast majority of BB gun deaths over the decades are from "adult" pneumatic air rifles at point-blank range.

    Take an average BB gun pistol firing a steel BB. That BB weighs about 5 grains and is travelling about 350 feet per second. That's roughly 1.35 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. I doubt that would even make it all the way through your skin (if it didn't just bounce off). Don't forget that BB loses velocity and energy very, very quickly. On the other hand, an adult air rifle firing that same BB at 1200 fps generates over 15 foot pounds. That is dangerous, even from across the room. Still well short of the 100-135 foot pounds of the 22 LR.

  • RDUTEC Apr 15, 2009

    Travised wrote:
    "It's nearly impossible to inflict deadly harm on a person with a .177 cal."
    It can happen though. When I was in the 4th grade, a classmate of mine was shot with a .177 pellet rifle in the neck. An artery there was punctured, he bled to death.
    Still if someone points an object at a LEO, I'm sure the LEO's cannot wait to see if the item pointed at them is real or not, to do so could be deadly for them.

  • bobaloo74 Apr 15, 2009

    I think the deputies were justified in their actions. If you arrive on a scene and have a crazed person waving a gun around threatening to shoot you and kill himself, he obviously has no regard for your life much less his. I think they gave him a ample enough time to surrender his weapon. When it came to the point that he raised his gun in their direction they did what they had to do. Would you rather they said "oh we'll let him take the first shot, just to be fair." On his own property or not, he had no reason to behave accordingly.

  • Suasponte Apr 14, 2009

    Mr Andrews was in control of, and chose his own fate through his own actions. These brave deputies simply obliged. Mr Andrews had a history of making poor choices. No more. May these deputies recover from their wounds soon.

  • Travised Apr 14, 2009

    This case he wasn't wondering the streets. He was at his own residence. Not being there, so much cannot be relayed to the public about the situation.

    I DO know about the mock guns that look very real, even FEEL real in weight. Some even have the slide action and removable clip without the REQUIRED orange coloring. The air powered gins are (by courts and law) considered REAL guns because they discharge, by air power, projectiles.

    I guess what upsets me is he was on his property. He wasn't on the streets discharging it. It was a death that never should have happened. No blame being pointed anywhere. If he wanted to do it himself, sad but, so be it. He didn't need another person to cut his life short and cause havoc on that persons emotions.

  • The Fox Apr 14, 2009

    [seems like it's getting easier and easier to rationalize shooting someone dead in the line of duty...]...and how is this a bad thing when used against bad individuals?

  • LaLa-Land Apr 14, 2009

    Somebody should have called that boy's mama or someting and have her try to talk him "down." How sad it ended this way, but I can certainly understand why it ended like this. Very sad for that young man, and the police officers that had to kill him.

  • illegals--GO HOME Apr 14, 2009

    Let me tell you right now that I have a plaque on my wall that contains a replica UZI that I took from three subjects who had just committed an armed robbery at 2am on a cold, dark winter night. I was in the wrong part of town and by myself and had any one of the three pointed it at me I would have shot them. They complied with my verbal commands and all ended well. The thing has a working slide bolt, a grip safety and almost the real weight of the real thing. The opening in the end (bullet end) is the same diameter as the real thing and it will fire 32 cal pellets that can seriously injure you. Looking at it you can not tell the difference! They went to prison and I went home that night, but they could have chosen to end it differently and so glad they did not.

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 14, 2009

    Do some of you not grasp the fact that the guy was threatening use of a weapon and displayed what he represented to be a weapon? If some of you think that life would be so glorious without law enforcement, go visit a lovely little piece of heaven on earth called Somalia. Let us all know how grand it is not to have police around.

  • gracefullballet18 Apr 14, 2009

    the only thought i have is that he died alone and for nothing