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No charges filed against Fayetteville officers who shot triple-murder suspect

Posted April 5, 2012

— No charges will be filed against two Fayetteville police officers who shot and wounded a man suspected of killing three people in November.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Cumberland County District Attorney Bill West made that determination on Wednesday.

Sgt. Steven Bates and Officer Travis Smith were involved in the Nov. 26 shooting of Shawn Lee Legrand, who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Ardell Paige Jr., Krystle Price Papile and Gregory Steven Fitzgerald.

Police initially thought the attack started as a break-in but said later Legrand went to the home to confront someone and then shot or stabbed the others.

Paige was shot, and Papile was stabbed multiple times. Fitzgerald, who was stabbed, was alive when police arrived but died later at a hospital.

LeGrand, 44, also faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree kidnapping.

Legrand was released from prison in July after being incarcerated for over 23 years, according to state Department of Correction records.

He was convicted of assault inflicting serious injury, common-law robbery, burglary, breaking and entering and larceny for 1987 crimes. His sentence was lengthened after he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury for an offense committed while imprisoned.


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  • Relic Apr 5, 2012

    @parkerk - Well said and, from what I've seen of Fayetteville over the years, very true. No matter how much training, accreditation, reviews, oversight, new Chiefs, new staff, etc. some departments in NC get there will still be people that swear they're all "power trippers", "racist", etc. In many cities in NC there are people who profit from persons doing illegal activities and they ensure that politicians and legal officials cowtow to these people simply to keep money in their pockets. Honest people are the most discriminated group in the entire world (next to smokers!).

  • Not a democrat Apr 5, 2012

    This need to punish the police officers for doing their job is bedded deep in the culture of Fayetteville. It is a deeply criminally supportive area and the city council just makes it worse by giving in to the people that elect them. I work with these officers everyday and see what they have to put up with and because of their restrictions by the council, it makes them scared to do their job. This should never have made it past a quick SBI investigation. Instead the officers are usaually placed on desk duty for up to a year before they are ever cleared. The DA should have refused to even look at the case once the SBI declared it a clean shoot. Shame on them all.

  • reman069 Apr 5, 2012

    Prison is a business. For some towns this is there sole source of revenue. Sadly, it is the American taxpayer supporting this losing business. Prisons do not rehabilitate. If anything it acts a a training ground for more violent behavior. The percentage of repeat offenders is high and everyone knows it. If you took those same percentages and applied them to your everyday life you would quickly change your behavior as it would change your life drastically and not for the better. Some people are just evil - your not gonna change that.

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 5, 2012

    We need that Gov up here...fry a few of these criminals..

  • USAF20YR Ret Apr 5, 2012

    Rehabilitation does not work with a majority of these criminals. Capital punishment would help.

  • armyLT0620 Apr 5, 2012

    I agree. Why were charges even considered? Maybe those officers need a little more time on the range, and it would have saved NC millions in court and keeping that scumbag in a prison.

    From the article: "Legrand was released from prison in July after being incarcerated for over 23 years, according to state Department of Correction records." -- Is anyone suprised that he is heading right back? Maybe they should have kept him a few more decades. He obviously demonstrated while incarcerated that he needed to stay awhile.

  • freedom monkey Apr 5, 2012

    The Prison can turn people into animals after they leave. We do not have a "reform" system of punishment like they advertise it. Prison makes better criminals when they get out. . . as designed.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Apr 5, 2012

    Can ANYONE explain why charges were even considered???

  • warbirdlover Apr 5, 2012

    Question, you are 100% right. In my opinion this Jabron lost all rights the moment he stepped into Prison the first time. Just one more Bloodsucker we will have to feed until he dies. I think NC needs an express Lane to the Needle. People like him cannot be reformed. They have been evil since the day they were born.

  • rcrdngcountry Apr 5, 2012

    boy, that sure is nice to hear. why was any charges considered