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  • airbornemonty Jan 31, 12:06 p.m.

    What I fear the most is that if law obiding citizens are forced to get rid of their guns, it will open their home to every criminal that wants to walk in.

    Today what is keeping the criminals from terrorizing a home is their fear that the home owner might have a weapon and will use it.

  • chairmannc Jan 30, 5:06 p.m.

    Another example of why stricter gun laws and the banning of so called 'assault rifles" will not make the US a safer place. Does anybody think this fine outstanding fellon cared about any of the existing laws we already have in place. Evidently not, and he paid the price for his stupidity with his life. At least the taxpayers of NC won't have to pay for him to stay in prison now that he most likely got what he was asking for.

  • cmh5886 Jan 30, 10:52 a.m.

    People always put the police officer out to be the suspect, not the real suspect who is already a criminal and is out there looking to kill someone. I mean what other reason would a convicted felony who has all these charges on him need a weapon, especially when he knows he is not suppose to have it, bascially he is say I dont give a F about the law and saying anybody messes with me I will take them out to keep from having to go back to prison. Also for the people communicating threats to the FPD and the officer that shows how big of cowards they are and they dont care about the law. Prayers go out to the officer for his safety.

  • airbornemonty Jan 30, 10:09 a.m.

    There is an old saying, "Dogs that bark the loudest, seldom bite".

  • Scubagirl Jan 29, 6:40 p.m.

    sounds to me like the guy who got shot was a gang person, why else would threats be made against the LEO? I can come up with no other reason. Time to crack down HARD on these gang guys and lock them up......NO PROBATION--- hard PRISON time

  • Terkel Jan 29, 6:35 p.m.

    When I'm Queen of America, the law will say: find the punk gangbanger who's making the threats, then make them "good" on him.

  • pinkiglock Jan 29, 6:29 p.m.

    Thank you to the officer for his service to us, and prayers to him and his family through this time.

  • bluecanary Jan 29, 6:23 p.m.

    So, the sweet innocent boy who was trying so hard to turn his life around (ahem, the convicted felon who was in possession of an illegal gun) has friends who call and threaten the police? And, the day after the shooting, the FPD held a gang awareness meeting in Haymount. Oh, and the threats are being investigated by the Gang Violence unit? There's that big old elephant in Fayetteville's living room again. Here's hoping the new chief is read to clean this town up.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 29, 6:09 p.m.

    The crminals, like the criminal element of protests, hide behind masks. Such cowards.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 29, 6:08 p.m.

    " well perhaps if he hadnt gone all Harry Callahan on the guy and filling him with lead then perhaps some people would not be upset at him killing the man" mojridingrb

    And you base this biased comment upon what facts? What litte you read here on WRAL? How shallow!!

  • beachboater Jan 29, 6:06 p.m.

    Nobody has mentioned that the first article on this said the "victim" was armed. That sways the story a lot.

    Fayetteville must really have some strong gangs to threaten the entnire police department. That or some really good drugs. That takes quite the cahonas to threaten the entire force.

    Being that he was armed, and has an extensive record according to others, I'm going to hold out in the cop's corner until this settled.

  • mojridingrb Jan 29, 5:57 p.m.

    well perhaps if he hadnt gone all Harry Callahan on the guy and filling him with lead then perhaps some people would not be upset at him killing the man

  • Lady Marksman Jan 29, 5:53 p.m.

    gabewilliams12 - while I agree with you that the officers name should not have been released, apparently the criminals issuing the threats could care less which officer actually pulled the trigger as they have threatened the entire police force!

  • Barfly Jan 29, 5:52 p.m.

    ""I" would want more information than that if it were my family. Wouldn't you?" OneLove

    Only if I were delusional enough to think that Hagans was an upstanding citizen.

  • NCHighlander Jan 29, 5:34 p.m.

    If you don't think this gang problem is going to resemble a homeland war then stick around for a year or two.

  • gabewilliams12 Jan 29, 5:22 p.m.

    I wish this officer's name was never released. At least until after the investigation.

  • Terkel Jan 29, 5:09 p.m.

    OneLove, if my family were loaded with gangbangers and other criminals, I wouldn't need "more information". But in my culture, criminality is unacceptable and not allowed to persist.

  • OneLove Jan 29, 4:57 p.m.

    djofraleigh - True. You have a point. :)

  • OneLove Jan 29, 4:54 p.m.

    "Officer Hunt had reason to draw his service weapon. More than likely he knew at the time that he was going to fire said weapon and be involved in an SBI investigation in to the matter." Well, that may be the case; however, with the lack of information they're giving (I assume also to the family)...they should have expected outrage. "I" would want more information than that if it were my family. Wouldn't you?

  • djofraleigh Jan 29, 4:46 p.m.

    How does society get LEOs to stop people alone, in the dark, and walk up to the darkened windowed cars and vans alone to face the unknown? They don't pay enough for me to do that. That thin blue line is what separates the bad guys from the good.

  • djofraleigh Jan 29, 4:44 p.m.

    Folks are very wary of LEOs. -- comment

    Some folks more than others, and aren't we all "wary" of convicted felons with records including firearms and intensive probation?

    Anytime someone is killed, an unbiased investigation is in order. I don't start off presuming this officer stopped the man to murder him, but just the opposite, for especially in this case the dead man had a serious record while the officer doesn't have a record of shooting people.

  • Paul Parker Jan 29, 4:41 p.m.

    realcloak, that is an outright LIE, and you know it! Many of those people that you listed and others have very emphatically stated that they want to outright ban all guns!

  • thehardway Jan 29, 4:40 p.m.

    Mr. Hagans criminal record speaks for itself, Robbery, Assault with a deadly weapon, known gang member and so on.... Yes its tragic that the officer had to use deadly force but I'm sure he was saving his own life.

  • djofraleigh Jan 29, 4:39 p.m.

    The initial headline & opening sentence was "police officer shots man in traffic stop" putting the focus on that particular LEO instead of the man shot.

    WRAL might have used a headline and first sentence saying "Man shot after being stopped by police."

  • Paladin2 Jan 29, 4:35 p.m.

    Realcloak, you know full well that the anti gun crowd will continue to keep pushing to outlaw certain firearms, magazines, etc., one by one until all guns are outlawed. Of course they are not going to come out and admit their agenda. That would be suicide for their liberal agenda. But rest assured they will continue with their agenda if left to succeed.

  • dleven04 Jan 29, 4:30 p.m.

    Officer Hunt had reason to draw his service weapon. More than likely he knew at the time that he was going to fire said weapon and be involved in an SBI investigation in to the matter. I look forward to the report(s).
    I have been stopped too many times and NEVER had a service weapon drawn on me probably because I was brought up to behave and comply with police officers. Why in the name of God and common decency is that such a novel idea?
    So much for Hagans' citizen of the year award........................................

  • realcloak Jan 29, 4:28 p.m.

    Folks, we have to allow the system and fact finders to work, and not rush to judgment. For anybody in my hometown of Fayetteville reading this, PLEASE LET THE COPS DO THEIR JOB. If theirs a dirty cop out there, rest assured, the proper authorities will fish him/her out. Not every police officer out there is a caricature of what might have existed in the old Jim Crow south. At least, I would like to believe they don't exist.

  • datcatz Jan 29, 4:25 p.m.

    Commonsence: Who said anyone was taking anybody's guns? People of America, no one, not Obama, not Biden, not James Brady, not Sarah Brady, or any other person on the terra firma of America, at any time, in any form or fashion, has stated that they will prevent law abiding amaricans from owning guns. Period. Can we get over this now? Sheesh!
    --Realcloak--

    Apparently you haven't been watching the news much...that is EXACTLY what the latest bill proposes. A BAN of assauly style weapons (which are difficult to define at best) and reducing magazine capacity. This is only the start of the movement to ban guns as a whole. When the ban doesn't impact gun deaths in America (which it won't as it doesn't address the root of the problem) I can envision a handgun ban being requested next. We must not let this happen.

  • OneLove Jan 29, 4:16 p.m.

    kept traveling on South Virginia Avenue before coming to a stop at the dead end of the road. During the stop, police said, Hunt shot Hagans, who died at the scene." That's it? You must admit more information is needed. Folks are very wary of LEOs.

  • OneLove Jan 29, 4:13 p.m.

    "kept traveling on South Virginia Avenue before coming to a stop at the dead end of the road. During the stop, police said, Hunt shot Hagans, who died at the scene."

  • realcloak Jan 29, 4:13 p.m.

    Commonsence:
    Who said anyone was taking anybody's guns? People of America, no one, not Obama, not Biden, not James Brady, not Sarah Brady, or any other person on the terra firma of America, at any time, in any form or fashion, has stated that they will prevent law abiding amaricans from owning guns. Period. Can we get over this now? Sheesh!

  • commonsence Jan 29, 3:51 p.m.

    When criminals threaten law enforcement we have a serious problem,, Dont think they will obey any law,, and if you have guns at least you have a chance to protect yourself

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