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  • subanitov Jan 25, 3:45 p.m.

    Intresting that other media outlets reported the suspect was armed and that he had a lengthy criminal record, but WRAL chose not to provide that information.

  • subanitov Jan 25, 3:43 p.m.

    "I notice a trend of young officers not even on the force for 4 or 5 years being involved sometimes not in one shooting but sometimes two or three and in most cases the victim/criminal didn't have a gun." jjsmith1973

    Is that so? Please provide the name and agency of all these officers with less than 5 years that have shot 3 unarmed people. I can't wait to read about them.

  • SportsLover75 Jan 25, 9:01 a.m.

    Uhavenoclu-- The cop was protecting himself.

    If you were in his shoes and had been attacked by a armed felon what would you have done? Let him kill you and get away? I think not.

  • blkmamba Jan 24, 4:39 p.m.

    I think it is sad that the picture used was an arrest photo. With such little information, that paints a picture that may not be true!

  • NCHighlander Jan 24, 4:32 p.m.

    check out the nc dept of corrections website and the nc court calenders,he had a long stint 4/12 years just recently got out and got right back in trouble again.

    AWDWWITKISI Assault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. This is a good day for mankind.

  • kmengineer08 Jan 24, 4:22 p.m.

    I agree oleguy. WRAl is terrible for posting a story such as this with so very little information that you come out of reading going "What the heck was the point of me wasting my time?" I'm so tired of articles not just on this subject but in general not having enough detail to even be worth posting.

  • southerntalent Jan 24, 4:14 p.m.

    I bet ol' Nijza Lamar Hagans had a record of violence a mile long...I say, good bye! Good riddance!

    check out the nc dept of corrections website and the nc court calenders,he had a long stint 4/12 years just recently got out and got right back in trouble again.

  • mslilackitty Jan 24, 4:12 p.m.

    I didn't read anywhere that the car was stolen. I think I'll postpone my opinion until more facts are released.

  • Barfly Jan 24, 4:11 p.m.

    Nijza Lamar Hagans was a career criminal that shouldn't have been on the streets to begin with. He sealed his own fate and there's one less bad guy in this world.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 24, 3:55 p.m.

    Am glad the officer is okay and hope he is cleared for duty soon.

  • oleguy Jan 24, 3:39 p.m.

    We need less Liberals and less poor media reporting,,Dont report untill you have at least 4 of the 5 W's

  • amenmike Jan 24, 3:29 p.m.

    I don't know what the answers are in terms of the broader society. I think that taking joy at the loss of a human life, any life is saddening. I have to believe in the redemption of everyone, even the most lost, this through God's grace. To live without that grace and redemption would render me hopeless. The most horrible despots in human history first diminished the humaness of their enemies and then attempted to destroy those enemies. What the abuser often doesn't see is that he is also destroying...himself with these thoughts and actions. That's my greatest worry for our society. I see it happening.

  • puzzled Jan 24, 3:11 p.m.

    jjsmith1973
    I have a headache just trying to understand where you are coming from!!!

  • djofraleigh Jan 24, 3:02 p.m.

    Readers want to know the history of both people. Readers want to know if the gun was legal, and the dead man able to legally have it. Considering current events, readers want to know what kind of gun the dead man had, how he got it, and from whom he got it. Readers need to know that the officer will be questioned and the event investigated.

    Above all, readers want to know that they are safe to drive at 6am and are protected by the police, not threatened by them.

  • SFSOLDIER Jan 24, 3:00 p.m.

    I bet ol' Nijza Lamar Hagans had a record of violence a mile long...I say, good bye! Good riddance!

  • djofraleigh Jan 24, 2:58 p.m.

    "A Fayetteville police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday during a traffic stop." -- opening sentence to story

    this along with the headline makes the focus on the story on the police officer.

    Had the headline and opening line been: "man is shot and killed after being stopped by police" then the story would focus the reader on the dead man.

    Instead of the reading thinking, "why did the officer act" it would be "what did the man do..."

    I presume that the officer acted in the line of duty and did not stop the car to assassinate the driver. There will be an investigation into the event. This was not the interaction of two robots, but of two people on a dead end street in the dark. Things did go wrong, but the dead man can't speak for himself so an investigation must speak for him. In spite of the dead man's history, and the officer's position, we can't automatically assume it was justified so there will be an investigation.

  • dare107 Jan 24, 2:58 p.m.

    The goal of every is and should be is to go home at the end of shift!

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 24, 2:26 p.m.

    @mitzi@empt one my dad is still an officer only thing changed in 30 years is the ego of younger officer. Two @mitzi this notion the job is horribly dangerous as people portray it is false. Unless there is an unknown Camden, south Chicago, Compton nc. Yes I said it. Police work isn't even on the top 10 most dangerous jobs list. What you find is a lot of these officer no longer ride with someone else which they should, escalate the situation which they are to do the opposite and violate most standard procedure even during normal traffic stops you see it constantly the car positioned wrong, officer approaching improperly, they engage incorrectly. This however is not a response to this article but to those who responded to my comment earlier. We are unaware what happened in this instance and it could be justified. That will be for the details

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 24, 1:57 p.m.

    Remember the cop was hurt.. so looks like the guy tried to resist or attacked in an attempt to get away. He knew being caught with a gun would land him right back in jail.

    So shoot and kill him so all his troubles would be over woith?..He does not have to run anymore,he is at peace right now,while the cop who was doing his duty now has a life he took out of fear and will live with that for the rest of his life>So who got the better deal?
    Society is only at danger if they allow others to protect them........No one leads your life or protects or gets you ahead ,only you do that for you are your own savior.

  • clearwaterman Jan 24, 1:37 p.m.

    This guy had a record of assault with intent to kill. The Fayetteville Observer reported that a gun was found at the scene. This policeman did his duty and protected himself and the public from danger! Nuff said!!

  • shanemane1986 Jan 24, 1:34 p.m.

    I bet he won't do it again! haha! Anyone who runs should be shot and their car returned to its rightful owner or if it was theirs, put it up for auction and that money should go to the homeless!

  • SportsLover75 Jan 24, 1:29 p.m.

    Remember the cop was hurt.. so looks like the guy tried to resist or attacked in an attempt to get away. He knew being caught with a gun would land him right back in jail.

  • tarheelpatriot Jan 24, 1:29 p.m.

    I am so very glad that this officer got to go home to his family !!!!

  • discowhale Jan 24, 1:28 p.m.

    "who are you going to call when your home is being burglarized or you and your family are getting car jacked? Nuff said !!" - dvrdwn

    I'd be calling 911, asking for a coroner, not a LEO. Oh, they'll send the LEO's for sure, but just for the report and investigation.

    I've got my CCH and I got it because when seconds count, the police are just minutes away! Not that they don't do a great job, but they're not super men and they can't have Scotty beam them down in time to STOP burglars and carjackers. And if you are expecting the LEO's to protect you in those cases, you better go look at how many crimes like that, that they actually stop. It will be a miniscule number because it would be pure, dumb luck for them to be there at JUST the right time.

    Here's hoping the officer in question followed the rules and that he's cleared ASAP. And also hoping he get's his head straight after the fact.

  • Liveandlearn Jan 24, 1:25 p.m.

    NC Crew Amenmike, if you want to bring God into the debate and go biblical I suggest you read Romans 13:4

    Amenmike in my interpretation was not debating anything. He was making an honest observation. These attitudes are "tragic." If he professes to have sadness for the life lost then as far as I am concerned, that is a good person.

  • emtp2k Jan 24, 1:12 p.m.

    jjsmith1973: My father has been a cop for over thirty years has only had to pull his gun twice and has never used it

    Things have changed a lot in people's attitude toward law enforcement in 30 years.

  • emtp2k Jan 24, 1:11 p.m.

    Welfare is a trap: Kills? How about defends him/herself against a criminal? There, I did your reporting for you.

    "Kills" stirs up emotion and people read the story. "Defends" and people move on to the next one. If it bleeds it leads. :-)

  • MitziGaynor Jan 24, 1:11 p.m.

    jjsmith1973: True but we are losing a lot of officers. The younger "new" officers get the lousy details, in the lousy areas. And there are more criminals to deal with, more gangs, more delinquents. And the lack luster economy does not help tamp down crime. People are desperate and frankly people have lost HOPE.

  • MitziGaynor Jan 24, 1:08 p.m.

    I assume it was a lawful act until investigation does otherwise. The victim has a history of felony B&E, robbery with weapon and weapons. He should not have a gun. Did the gun laws fail?

    How do you pay an LEO to stop such cars by themselves? I wouldnt' have the guts to walk up to that car.

    djofraleigh

    For the first comment. A majority of the guns used by felons and criminals are usually obtained illegally in the first place. Whether it be stolen or purchased on the black market.

    as for DJOFRALEIGH. I wouldn't either. My sons a cop and every day he is in the hood doing something because of something. It's a job most people couldn't/wouldn't want to do.

    I am sure this isn't new to most, but one think I've read by a LEO is:

    If you are pulled over. Stop, and place both hands on the steering wheel. Make them visible. He said that reduces the stress of the officer in A BIG WAY.

  • kermit60 Jan 24, 1:08 p.m.

    Another victim of the firearm. How many times do we let the gun force people to commit these crimes. I'm sure he did his best to resist but the mind controlling power of the gun made him do it. Sort of like the evil alcohol forceing itself down the throat of the DUI suspect.

  • buco Jan 24, 1:06 p.m.

    there will be a weapon found, no doubt. Cops carry "throw downs". at lease the cops on TV

  • scg Jan 24, 1:06 p.m.

    I like to believe that most police officers act in the best interest of the society and don't go out looking for people to shot ad kill. However, there were too many incidents where Police did not live up the standard we expect from. So the question will remain until details come out.

  • nccrew Jan 24, 1:06 p.m.

    Amenmike, if you want to bring God into the debate and go biblical I suggest you read Romans 13:4

    "For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."

  • Liveandlearn Jan 24, 1:05 p.m.

    Amen Mike, I am not being argumentative and I respect your opinion. With your family background just as mine with law enforcement family members, what insight can you give in terms of improving these tragic attitudes? I particularly feel so helpless in terms of the decisions to make to keep myself safe.

  • COLT45 Jan 24, 1:03 p.m.

    I hope Fayetteville stands behind this LEO and doesn't whimp out when they get threatened from the organizations (NAACP, ACLU, etc) that will claim race discrimination, profiling etc that is sure to be coming.

  • thinkb4youspeak Jan 24, 1:02 p.m.

    Commenters sure are reaching a lot of conclusions without a whole lot of facts at this point. Maybe everyone, on both sides of the issue, should reserve judgment, at least for a couple hours?

  • jjsmith1973 Jan 24, 1:00 p.m.

    My father has been a cop for over thirty years has only had to pull his gun twice and has never used it. Not saying it is the case in this situation due to waiting on details, but I notice a trend of young officers not even on the force for 4 or 5 years being involved sometimes not in one shooting but sometimes two or three and in most cases the victim/criminal didn't have a gun. These situation use to be handled with no one being shot

  • nccrew Jan 24, 12:55 p.m.

    Can we try to use the term SUSPECT in regards to Hagans. The term victim really should be reserved for the innocents - not parolee's involved in an armed encounter with the police!

  • gabewilliams12 Jan 24, 12:54 p.m.

    Until I hear otherwise, I am on the side of the Police. I can just bet he was not out buying bread and went down a dead end street and did everything the police officer told him to do. I can almost go and say there was a weapon somewhere. IJS

  • whyalltheproblems Jan 24, 12:53 p.m.

    amen, djofraleigh.

  • Realthoughts Jan 24, 12:52 p.m.

    I sure hope the officer was black otherwise the NAACP will be rally for Justice. In fact, I am surprise they haven't already prepared a statement.

  • amenmike Jan 24, 12:51 p.m.

    My dad, cousins and uncles are all police; none of my immediate family have ever shot and killed another person, I'm happy for that. With respect to the dead man; he is someone's child, he is a child of God; and now he's dead; that makes me sad. What makes me even sadder are the arm chair indictments that fly on this board, the venom and verve written reinforce the kill or be killed attidude of excess that infects our society. Those attitudes are tragic.

  • rmsmith Jan 24, 12:47 p.m.

    For those against guns, this is a classic example as to why many of us are CCW holders and protect our family via weapons.

    This "person" refused to obey any laws; criminal or weapon and was a danger to society.

    Thank goodness the LEO was not hurt.

  • Liveandlearn Jan 24, 12:47 p.m.

    I am reposting a post that I made earlier this week. I encourage all of you to go to see the movie "End of Watch." It was based on a true story. It gives realistic insights into what is going on in our society with these young people who have no sense of respect for human life. No one is safe whether you are in your home, in your car, at a mall, or even at church. Instead of bashing law enforcement officers take the time to talk to some of them and listen to their stories. Go visit the Wake County courthouse and sit in on the trials and hear the offenses. You have time to blog. Take time to become informed.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jan 24, 12:35 p.m.

    From what I've been reading is that he was an armed felon, who drove until he came to a dead end street. I'd even wager there was some officer commands that weren't met along with some unwarranted sudden movements.

    Just sayin'.

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 24, 12:27 p.m.

    "Mr Higgins had several upcoming court dates,no telling what else" - southerntalent

    Thanks for the link, it speaks volumes about this guy and why he probably would not stop. I'm sure there will be more details coming out at as they become available. I bet this was not a case of a rogue cop, but a rogue criminal w/a history of run-ins w/the law. It says nothing about a high speed chase so maybe the officer saw him reaching for something if he drove slowly (weapon maybe ?). I'm sure there is more to the story.

  • djofraleigh Jan 24, 12:25 p.m.

    I assume it was a lawful act until investigation does otherwise. The victim has a history of felony B&E, robbery with weapon and weapons. He should not have a gun. Did the gun laws fail?

    How do you pay an LEO to stop such cars by themselves? I wouldnt' have the guts to walk up to that car.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 24, 12:25 p.m.

    "the man is a convicted felon and on parole...any gun = wrong!" - nccrew


    Uh oh! If true, perhaps that's why he didn't stop immediately.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 24, 12:23 p.m.

    "Then shame on you and your Father for not standing up and saying something." - OGE


    Funny! All that would have done would have caused pain and misery for my dad and family, and have absolutely no effect on the cop and the dude he shot.

  • sunneyone2 Jan 24, 12:20 p.m.

    Not sure what system the Fayetteville City cars have, but the cars that agencies in Wake Co use have cameras that automatically come on when bluelights go on.

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