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DA seeks to indict federal corrections officer in fatal shooting

Posted December 30, 2009
Updated January 1, 2010

— Granville County District Attorney Sam Currin said Wednesday that he plans to seek an indictment against a federal corrections officer involved in a fatal weekend shooting outside a Butner restaurant.

Currin said he would pursue a voluntary manslaughter charge against Uriah Metcalf, 30, who works at the Federal Correctional Center in Butner. The grand jury next meets on Jan. 18, he said.

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 Gwynn Basinger, 36, another officer at the Butner prison. The fight continued outside, where shots were fired.

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

Police charged Owen on Sunday with carrying a concealed weapon.

Services for Anderson are set for Saturday at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor.


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  • Medic1 Dec 31, 2009

    I don't need to prove to myself I am a LEO or prove to myself that I can carry. I already know this; therefore I will let you do your homework and find the answers. But I will provide a link where you can start looking. Theres only a couple of thousand pages to look through.

  • Redneck Fun Dec 31, 2009

    45ACP: Thank you for educating me!! I learned something very important!! Thanks.

    Stay safe!!

  • 45ACP Dec 31, 2009

    DOC_Employee must be a Hug-a-thug. Bet you bring contraband into your poor inmates too.

  • 45ACP Dec 31, 2009

    Redneck: I am a Federal CO. I get LEO pay and retirement, I have arrest authority while on duty and my ID says "Law Enforcement Officer". That is exactly what the Attorney General of The U.S. says anyway. That is why we fall under HR 218 and that is why we are allowed to carry off duty.

    And DOC....You are spouting information that you apparantly got from some unreliable source. Please provide your source of info.

    I hate ignorance.

  • DOC_Employee0617 Dec 31, 2009

    "The Law says you can use deadly force to defend your self or to protect others !! nuff said."

    It is one thing to "defend your self"; however, I don't think the law considers it defending your self when you stand over a man after he is already down/dead and unload your gun on him. IMO...that is just having an attitude and trying to show off in front of friends that you have a gun & can use it.
    Get real people....it may have been a fight gone wrong & I don't know who started it, BUT...a man is dead!!! Period!!! It didn't have to come to that...wounded yes...dead NO!!!

  • Redneck Fun Dec 31, 2009

    Well look at the egg on my face. LOL I am not perfect, nor do I claim to know everything!! I may be wrong, I will have to do some more digging. If you would like to help me then feel free to give me a link or provide a copy of the exact wording and source that this comes from. I can see how Corrections Officers can be included in HR218, but I am still not sure.

    "You would be well advised to make sure you have your facts straight before stating information on a topic which you are unclear of."
    Medic1: Don't act like you have never commented on something you did not know EVERYTHING about, or misunderstood.

    Journey: You may be correct (for once). I am not now nor have I ever been a Corrections Officer. I also have never been in a situation to need to check that out. I never payed much attention to that part of HR218.

  • Journey985 Dec 31, 2009

    Really Redneck Fun? Then please explain this line from the HR218 "or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law," last time I looked a Correctios officer is charged with watching those who are "Incarcerated"?

  • Medic1 Dec 31, 2009

    We, as Federal CO's do carry under LEOSA.(HR218)This has been approved by the DOJ and the FBOP. We DO have statutory powers of arrest and are Federal Law Enforcement Officers; and do meet ALL the criteria for inclusion in the LEOSA. You would be well advised to make sure you have your facts straight before stating information on a topic which you are unclear of.

  • Redneck Fun Dec 31, 2009

    45ACP: HR218 states: As used in this section, the term `qualified law enforcement officer' means an employee of a governmental agency who--
    `(1) is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and has statutory powers of arrest;
    `(2) is authorized by the agency to carry a firearm;
    `(3) is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency;
    `(4) meets standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm;
    `(5) is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and
    `(6) is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm.

    Federal Corrections Officers DO NOT meet the 1st requirements at all!! Now I could be mistaken, but according to HR 218 which is what you told me to read, they ARE NOT covered.

  • cth1 Dec 31, 2009

    Journey...it doesn't say the CO used the weapon to settle the argument just because he has a badge and carries a gun. Sounds like you're stero-typing to me. The guy shot at him....sounds like self defense to me. But, I guess a jury of 12 will be the deciding factor on this one (if it gets to that point).

    Personally, I appreciate the LEO's and I'm glad they are there when we need them!!! I'm sure there's a bad apple in every bunch...I bet you have a bad apple somewhere in your family. Does that mean you bash the whole entire family based on that 1 persons actions? I hope not!!

    Thank you LEO's for putting your life on the line to keep us safe each and every day!!!!!