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Raeford police chief resigns suddenly amid lawsuit

Posted November 29, 2011

— A small North Carolina town has again seen its police chief resign under a cloud.

Raeford Police Chief Duncan Edward Jaggers resigned suddenly Monday. Mayor John McNeill would not say why.

Jaggers said his resignation was not prompted by a federal lawsuit accusing him and other officers with using excessive force while he was a law officer in the Harnett County town of Coats. Jaggers was named Raeford police chief in June.

The girlfriend of one of Jaggers' predecessors as police chief was shot to death last summer. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether her death in the Raeford home she shared with Kevin Locklear was a suicide or homicide.

Locklear had been fired as Raeford's chief in 2007 after charges he assaulted his estranged wife.

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  • Sherlock Nov 30, 2011

    He knew before he took the job that he had to live in Raeford so that should not have been the issue. Also why resign so quickly, give them 2 or 3 weeks notice. Like it is being said there is more here than meets teh eye. The truth will come out. If i was leaving because of the drive I would have told everyone. Something is getting covered up. This may have something to do with teh law suit but then it could not be. Time will tell. For now the town need to let the sheriff department run the departmnet like it has done since Locklear let. We need to get him back and put the department on the right track... Get professional law enforecment in Raeford.

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 29, 2011

    "60,000 dollar salary in a town of 2400 people with at one time 6 other officers is is idiotic." luckn4u2

    Good luck finding 4 officers that will work rotating 12 hour shifts with zero days off because there is no one to work in their place for $20,000 a year. You get what you pay for.

  • pinky1009 Nov 29, 2011

    What kind of news is this...seems like wral is just dragging a persons personal life through the mudd...what does Locklear have to do with anything in Hoke County or Jaggers case???? Please people get a life & provide this community with quality news....not BS!!

  • luckn4u2 Nov 29, 2011

    Dont let him come back to Coats,trouble follows him where ever he goes..60,000 dollar salary in a town of 2400 people with at one time 6 other officers is is idiotic.

  • boneymaroney13 Nov 29, 2011

    Marines must be embarrassed for this . . . . well, person, to say he's one of their own AND a cop hater.

  • boneymaroney13 Nov 29, 2011

    love2dostuff must be in love with himself.

  • Fuquay Resident Nov 29, 2011

    I tried to post this before but for some reason it wasn't posted. If it's a residency issue, then why wasn't it an issue before he accepted the job? Did he accept the job with the promise to move and then changed his mind or are they just now asking him to move?

  • sturge Nov 29, 2011

    I have been gone 4 hours and all i see is a bunch of bull in this comment section. Focus on the issue here guys, a man doesn't want to uproot his family to keep a position of employment. BIG DEAL! The Coats issue is entirely a different matter, and will be dealt with in good time. The truth will be revealed and all you bashers can have a chance to say what you feel on that matter at that time. Eddie is one of the good guys.

  • cwood3 Nov 29, 2011

    What is going on??? Get the SBI or FBI involved, they'll figure it out.

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 29, 2011

    The chief appears to not want to be in the bind of having to sell a house in this market to move to Raeford to continue employment, so he left, big deal. And as far as the excessive force complaint, I saw him (the one claiming to be abused) on the news a while back saying he had never ever used drugs, if that is true why don't he share with the world why he was expelled from high school???

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