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Pitt deputy kills suspect in attempted robbery

Posted December 31, 2009

— An off-duty Pitt County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who tried to rob him at an automatic teller machine Wednesday night, Greenville police said.

Police said that a man armed with a handgun approached the deputy at ATM at the State Employees Credit Union, 2296 Charles Blvd., around 10:30 p.m. The man demanded money, but the deputy pulled out his own handgun and fired, police said.

The suspect was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he died.

The deputy wasn't injured.

Authorities haven't released the names of the deputy and suspect.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, following standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings.


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  • Tax Man Jan 1, 2010

    Gotta support law and order here & the LEOs that put their lives on the line for all of us, all the time. They are the heroes and we need to praise them. Thanks to the men and women in law enforcement who keep the slugs out of my neighborhood and away from my kids. We all need to work together to help them and to eliminate the threat. The robber chose his actions and deserved to die for his crime. No one should miss him! Any person who pulls any weapon or uses force to commit a crime deserves to be shot and killed by the innocent victim! You thugs choose to do this - we choose to carry our concealed weapons and lawfully take you out if you make the mistake to victimize us!

  • Historian-the naked gardener Jan 1, 2010

    Court's adjourned!

  • makeadiff Jan 1, 2010

    YEAH!!! RIGHT ON Deputy! I say we need to make people think twice before committing crimes. Too often these criminals get away with it and are back out on the streets to do more harm. Thanks to all the corrupt lawyers and judges. Let's save time, money, and the lives and peace of potential victims Nip it in the bud. BANG!!! Goodbye burdens and threats to our society.

  • tsquaring Jan 1, 2010

    Wow, I see postings of people trying to defend the robber and all I can think is, "No wonder democrats get elected".

  • Suasponte Jan 1, 2010

    The cost of doing business.

  • thought Jan 1, 2010

    It should not matter if this was an off duty officer- He is a human being. My brothers have tried for years to get me to get/carry a gun- I was always scared. But with the way things are......
    Eastknox- wow! you seem to think the police are the problem with this people and crimes- well it has happened from the dawn of time and getting way out of hand because parents do not teach. So EK what are you doing to fix the problem you feel this officer should have done? Let get parents to teach- lose the video games- cable tv- what? I agree that these peopel see these things and believe it is real. But for you to blame this person- no matter what his job is - way out of line. If you are part of the bar- then do your job to be sure these peopel do not end up in this situation.

  • dxedame Jan 1, 2010

    Glad it was a victim (cops don't generally make good victims haha) that new and had the old fashioned nerve to handle the situation. Well done.

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 31, 2009


    You believe on "Turn the other cheek" and reasoning with criminal elements so the criminals will redeem themselves. Good for you for having such a great heart.

    Other people don't believe in the same way as you do, thus they are looking at this in a total different way.

    I, personally, believe that everything one does have its consequence: The good, the bad, the ugly.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Dec 31, 2009

    Eastknox...why does everyone have to do so much to keep from harming someone? The officer was there doing personal business, MINDING his own business. When someone walks up to you and intends to do you harm or steal your property....THEY have to take responsibility for something happening to them. It's like being sued by someone who falls while breaking into your house. If you got the bawz to break into my house, I got the bawz to shoot ya...and I wouldn't loose one single moment of sleep...and I'm a non-violent card carrying concealed carry permit holder. In fact, I'm going to a party in a few minutes in Clayton (from Rocky Mount) and my friend the .380 will be in my purse ready to help me from anyone who thinks they have a right to intrude and possibly hurt me.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Dec 31, 2009

    He fought the law and the law won! HA HA HA HA HA! If only this happened to 99 percent of the thugs who commit hate crimes (and yes if you rob someone at gunpoint, you hate them).... We would have a lot nicer place to live...cause many of the thugs would be G-O-N-E!