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Federal correctional officers involved in fatal shooting

Posted December 28, 2009

— Two men involved in a weekend shooting outside a Butner restaurant that left a third man dead work at the Federal Correctional Center in Butner, authorities said.

Uriah Metcalf, 30, and Gwynn Basinger, 36, are still employed at the prison, according to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman, who declined further comment Monday.

Butner Public Safety, Butner police generic Police still investigating Butner shooting

Ronald Dewey Anderson Jr., 45, was shot in the parking lot of Taste of Fuji, at 1515 N.C. Highway 56, at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police said Anderson and Warren Farrell Owen, 44, were inside the restaurant when they got into an argument with Metcalf and Basinger. The fight continued outside, where shots were fired.

"All I know is that I just saw the gunfire, and I wanted them to stop firing," Owen said Monday. "It's just a tragic thing."

No one else was wounded in the shooting, although police said that Anderson also fired at Metcalf.

Owen said investigators asked him not to discuss specific details of the shooting, including what sparked the argument, until Butner police and Granville County prosecutors can determine whether to file criminal charges.

"I just want to see justice done," he said. "I don't think it should have came to this, and I'm just going to let the law run its course and do what they have to do."

Police said they charged Owen with carrying a concealed weapon.

Owen said Anderson once saved a friend's life with CPR and described him as a family man who loved his wife, two daughters and stepson.

"He would never hurt anybody. He was just a great all-around person," he said of Anderson. "It should have never happened, and it happened to one of the most kind human beings I've ever met in my life.

"I wish it had been me instead of him."


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  • Medic1 Dec 30, 2009

    To answer your question; Federal CO's are actually Sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers with powers to carry concealed off duty on their credentials. They go through firearms training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA; just like most other Federal law enforcement agencies.

    "Why did the correctional officer have his weapon in a place of business that serve's alcohol? As a citizen that has a CWP, I cant!"

  • spoiledait Dec 29, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dewey Anderson. Dewey was a brother to me and to everyone who knew him. There was nothing this man would not do to help anyone. He was a super guy to everyone. If you were not there and didn't see for yourself what happen. Then you should keep your comments to yourself. You are avery selfish person to belittle a man that is not here to defend hisself. This family is greiving and needs the support and prayers from everyone and not the little hometown two-bit gossip. Hopefully justice will be served. He will be missed as a son, husband, father, friend and brother. We Love You Bro...

  • rbowen Dec 29, 2009

    Why did the correctional officer have his weapon in a place of business that serve's alcohol? As a citizen that has a CWP, I cant!

  • hallc Dec 29, 2009

    rabus3: Sorry for your loss. No parent/wife/child should have to suffer such a loss in this manner. No one can understand your pain unless they have gone through something as hard as this is on you. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Alot of the posters on the board are just making their own feelings known and I'm sure don't mean any personal disrespect to you but they should also respect the family members that may read the post.

  • lostgurl29 Dec 29, 2009

    I too am very sorry your loss, i have had the pleasure of being around him and his wife and they were great people. I and a lot of others feel the owner is somewhat to blame for this also. When there was a problem prior between the two gentleman, he knew it but why allow them back in at the same time? He in my opinion could have tryed to prevent this from happening instead of only concerning himself with making a dollar!!

  • betty8i Dec 29, 2009

    I think everyone should just let Butner police do their job....They know what they are dealing with and I am sure a lot of these questions will never be answered to the public. I for one will not be going to the "stab and grab", if a place is known for this kinda stuff it will happen again.

    rabus3..I am sorry for your family has to deal with this at this time. I for one don't think I would be reading the comments on here if it was my loved one. I know they can get a little out of hand on this site.

    I pray for all those who are harmed by this.....

  • webberx101 Dec 29, 2009

    Sounds like BULLIES with BADGES - starting fights so they can shoot their way out like cowards.

  • rabus3 Dec 29, 2009

    I hope people posting comments realize that the man involved here had a family and they're mine. My son was not a violent man and I'm not local to your area and am trying to find out what happened. My husband is on his way there now. He may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time. My family wants answers as would anyone. My daughter-in-law who was with my son at the time had to go home and tell my two young grandaughters and my grandson that there father had been shot and killed. My son was not a person to have gone out of his way looking for a fight or to kill anyone but I don't know this of the men who shot and killed him. Why were the two corrections officers armed and drinking at a "stab and grab" as one comment put it. Sounds like vaguely like more than one person might have been looking for something to happen. Please everyone remember that some of the folks reading these comments are grieving, have suffered a loss, and deserve some respect.

  • lostgurl29 Dec 29, 2009

    I don't know with all the trouble that place has given he local Police Dept. I am not so sure it was safe inside either. The police and ambulance have been called there several times in the last month. People don't call it the stab and grab for nothing. POOR Management! Drinking underage, never cutting people off from drinking is a disaster waiting to happen!!

  • SomeRandomGuy Dec 28, 2009

    Sounds like he went outside looking for a fight and he found it.