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Teen shot, killed by Fayetteville police officer responding to domestic dispute

Posted October 13, 2013
Updated October 14, 2013

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— A Fayetteville police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call early Sunday evening shot and killed a teenager who allegedly displayed a handgun during a confrontation with the officer, the city's police chief said.

Chief Harold Medlock told reporters late Sunday night that Officer Christopher Hunt was trying to take a woman into custody shortly after 6 p.m. when the teenager, Shaqur McNair, 16, refused to obey Hunt's commands to back away from him.

"The young man pulled his shirt up with his left hand. There was a handgun in the waistband," Medlock said. "The young man began to draw that handgun out, and Officer Hunt fired at least three rounds."

McNair was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Dewanna McIntyre, McNair's cousin, said Sunday that the family isn't sure exactly what led to the shooting and that they are awaiting answers.

"We want justice to be served. An innocent (16)-year-old kid was killed, and we want to know why," McIntyre said. "We do know that he was gunned downed by police, an innocent kid, with no weapon, and he was shot and killed."

Detectives recovered a handgun from the scene that was reported stolen out of South Carolina in February 2012, they said.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate, which is a standard practice whenever a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.

Hunt, 27, who has been with the Fayetteville Police Department since July 2011, has been placed on administrative duty.

"This is a tragedy, because we had an officer who was trying to deal with a very dangerous, volatile situation," Medlock said.

Teen shot, killed by Fayetteville officer Teen shot, killed by Fayetteville officer

Hunt was the first officer to respond to 201 Bertram Place in Fayetteville's Loch Lomond subdivision, where a crowd of about 12 to 15 people had gathered in the street. While waiting for other officers to arrive, Hunt arrested a man after observing injuries to a woman related to the call.

It was during that arrest that the man's mother, Alfricka Bennett, approached Hunt, struck him on the head and tried to take away her son, Medlock said. As Hunt was struggling with Bennett in a yard, several people approached them, and Hunt ordered them to back away.

"There was one young man who refused to do so, and he had his hands at the front of his waist," Medlock said. "Officer Hunt, as the young man continued to advance, told the young man to back up."

Hunt had handcuffed Bennett, 39, and was getting up off the ground when the teen reportedly produced the handgun.

Bennett was arrested and charged with assault on a government official.

Medlock said that, although no police department policy was violated by the officer responding to the call alone, he has already directed officers, moving forward, to wait for a second officer before going into a domestic dispute.

Hunt had been close when the call came in, Medlock said, and he thought his backup was close when he responded.

"Quite frankly, I don't like for my cops to show up on any domestic call by themselves," Medlock said. "For a domestic, you always know there are at least two people involved. If one officer shows up, we're automatically behind the game, and that certainly was the case tonight."

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  • coralart Oct 16, 9:34 a.m.

    "PARENTS NEED TO REALLY INSTILL IN THEIR CHILDREN TO ALWAYS "RESPECT" THE POLICE AT ALL TIMES. WONDER HOW MUCH RESPECT THESE SAME KIDS SHOW THEIR OWN PARENTS?" -678devilish

    That is true. If someone, including a LEO, is physically subduing or assaulting a parent, is it respect to defend the parent? Many would defend their parents against any and all assailants, including LEO.
    Not saying that is or is not what happened here.

  • 678devilish Oct 15, 2:04 p.m.

    think people need to explicitly tell their young ones: DO NOT PULL A GUN ON A COP!

    OleNCNative

    PARENTS NEED TO REALLY INSTILL IN THEIR CHILDREN TO ALWAYS "RESPECT" THE POLICE AT ALL TIMES. WONDER HOW MUCH RESPECT THESE SAME KIDS SHOW THEIR OWN PARENTS?

  • 678devilish Oct 15, 2:00 p.m.

    Officers was doing their job and should not be charged. PEIOD! The young man should not even had a loaded gun on him. Must less he was not even license to carry a loaded gun. Can his parents explain this, or they simply trying their best to ignore it?

  • 678devilish Oct 15, 1:43 p.m.

    The family thinks that a sixteen year old kid with a stolen gun is just an innocent kid.

    Many times, mother and daddy never see the wrong in their own child. They saw it but did not and will not admit it. These are the kinds of parents that need to wake up and realize the life your teenager is living away from you.

  • 678devilish Oct 15, 1:41 p.m.

    a teenager who allegedly displayed a handgun during a confrontation with the officer,

    This teenager should never have had the loaded gun in the first place. He should have obey the officers and drop his loaded gun. But he did not. Instead he pulled his loaded gun and it went from there. Was his parents aware that he had a loaded gun and no license to carry it? I beleive the officers did their job correctly. Sad tragedy indeed. My condolences to the family and many friends.

  • rynmich92 Oct 15, 11:45 a.m.

    Why were the 12 -14 people standing around not doing anything to assist the officer? He was just hit in the head by some woman! This kid was told to stand back. If you don't obey, then what is his recourse? As far as shooting in the leg or arm, are you serious?? If you pull out your weapon, you better be prepared to shoot to kill. If you aren't shooting to kill then your life isn't in danger. That's just the use of lethal force 101. Why is this officer in question? He told the kid with a gun to back off. He shows it, another warning. he goes to pull it out he is shot and killed. Ia m sure the responding officer wasn't happy about killing a young person, but if that kid is old enough to be brandishing weapons to a police officer, he better be prepared to meet the consequences. He is not so "innocent" as he seems like his aunt is trying to portray him. Give me a break!!

  • kermit60 Oct 15, 9:13 a.m.

    Again we see the root of the problem. The family thinks that a sixteen year old kid with a stolen gun is just an innocent kid. They will try and portray him as an honor student, civic leader, choir member, and supporter of homeless animals. If he showed or reached for the gun the officer had no choice but to assume he would use it. The officer had every reason to use deadly force.

  • SFSOLDIER Oct 15, 8:39 a.m.

    Here we go again. The high school picture most likely does not portrait the real individual the night this took place. I believe that “kid” had the weapon and was “flagging” it in front of that Officer. That is reason enough for deadly force. Bad mistake for that kid. He’s been watching too many “gangsta” movies.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 14, 6:09 p.m.

    And police just heard someone yelling as he was patrolling the area and saw a 16 year old and decided to shoot him. I do not think that is what happened. I Was taught in first grade that you show respect to police fire dept and others that are trying to help you and you obey their orders Sorry but there was no more at 4 or free kindergarden in the area where I lived then so had to wait till first grade for lessons my parents taught to be reinforced

  • KT6596 Oct 14, 4:50 p.m.

    Excuse me there is a such thing as tasers or shooting someone in the foot, leg or anything other than killing him....

    Nope!

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