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Man shoots two Fayetteville officers, brother, commits suicide

Posted May 2, 2011
Updated May 5, 2011

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— A 19-year-old man shot two Fayetteville police officers and his brother early Monday and engaged in a standoff with police before committing suicide, police said.

Police responded to a home on Argon Avenue around 1:30 a.m. after getting a call from neighbors that the man was acting erratic.

The gunman was later identified as Careem Leggett, who had been involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment twice since March 2010.

Police said that, when two officers approached Leggett, he began firing at them.

Officer Malachy Quillen was shot in the neck, throat and shoulder. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was listed as serious but stable on Monday afternoon. Quillen just completed field training and had been on the job for about a week at the time of the shooting. 

Another officer, Sgt. Doug Nicolosi, was grazed by a bullet.

Man shoots Fayetteville officers, brother, self Man shoots Fayetteville officers, brother, self

After firing on the officers, Leggett shot his brother in the leg and barricaded himself inside the home.

After failed attempts to negotiate with Leggett, tear gas was thrown inside the home. Several minutes later authorities entered the house and found Leggett in a back bedroom. 

The State Bureau of Investigation has begun an investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting. 

Authorities say it appears Leggett's mental health issues might have been a factor in Monday's incident. 


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  • leroyw93 May 4, 2011

    I wish the police officers a speedy recovery.

  • djofraleigh May 2, 2011

    I wonder why, with his history of mental illness, were there guns available and not locked, at that? Sad

  • biznetads May 2, 2011

    Just another DNA that needs to be room temperature. What a waste!
    Stupid DNA!

  • Desiderata May 2, 2011

    This is sad..NO ONE wins in these situation!. Everyone has a comment,,but do their comments really matter? Think not!

  • Scubagirl May 2, 2011

    Obama care had nothing to do with this. The mental health system has been broken long before Obama took office.

    Very sad story all around, glad the LEOs are going to be OK, tough way to start the job.

  • NoObamaCare May 2, 2011

    Obama care really helped this psychotic kid!

  • sammyg May 2, 2011

    I'll be thinking of all involved in this tragedy. Very sad indeed...

  • WRALSUCKS May 2, 2011

    "Why are guns so easy to attain, "

    That's like saying "Why are cars so easy to OBtain" after a car crash...

    It's not the gun, it's the operator.

  • Diabolical May 2, 2011

    My thoughts out to the officers. First week on the job, that had to be scary. I don't why they didn't leave locked up in psych ward.They should of know he was a danger.

  • mikeyj May 2, 2011

    Put this boy down like a rabid racoon.