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State ID's officer, person killed in Sanford scuffle

Posted October 31, 2008

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— State officials on Friday released the names of a Sanford police officer and a man killed in a shooting late Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Marshall Cox shot and killed Alexis Lee McCathan during a scuffle on Weatherspoon Street, near a Kangaroo convenience store, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice.

Cox responded to 911 calls saying that McCathan had caused a disturbance and started an altercation inside the store, Sanford police said. Cox encountered McCathan about 50 yards down the road from the store.

Police said that McCathan scuffled with Cox and assaulted him with a stick. In response, officers said, Cox drew his weapon and shot McCathan, who died.

Cox was treated at a local medical center.

Capt. David Smith, with the Sanford police, said that a preliminary investigation showed that Cox's use of force was justified.

Cox has been placed on desk duty while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews the incident, which is standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings.


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  • leo-nc Oct 31, 2008

    "This is a clear example of excessive force. If all the suspect had was a stick for crying out loud, then the officers surely should have found another way of handling the situation. Taser, pepper spray, or a knight stick prehaps would have got the job done."------

    WHERE ON EARTH do you people come from? Geez

  • GWALLY Oct 31, 2008

    It appears this criminal made a very bad decision....the officer only had a "9mm Taser"....ooopppssss!!! or maybe he said "don't tase me bro" to which the officer said....well ok!!

  • golfin69 Oct 31, 2008

    CS is right and not all officers and departments have Tasers first off they cost more then the firearm. Second the Officer had to be treated at the Hospital for injuries so obviously he was being overtaken by this man. And admin. duty is standard for all police involved shootings so the S.B.I. can investigate and make sure it was justified.

  • cs Oct 31, 2008

    This is to Tacky-Clothes: This is only a far fetched idea, but maybe the stick was being used against the officer in a manner that made it a deadly weapon. Yes, a stick can be a deadly weapon, even a fist can be a deadly weapon. Law enforcement can use deadly force against the threat or iminent threat of deadly force. Tacky Clothes, since you are obviously not educated on the use of tasers or pepper spray I will enlighten you. Pepper spray takes several seconds to work and is sometimes in-effective on intoxicated or derranged individuals. Tasers do not alway work either. Sometimes the probes miss or it has no effect on persons that are derranged or under the influence of controlled substances. Was the officer supposed to use less than lethal force on a subject who was using a deadly weapon against him?

  • shutterbug Oct 31, 2008

    Law Enforcement officers are trained to shoot where it will do the most damage and stop the perp. You don't shoot people in the foot; too great a chance you will miss and then you are in trouble.

  • Elusive Oct 31, 2008

    "But if it were fine and dandy for Sgt. Cox to kill this guy for assaulting him why would he be on administrative duty?"

    Assuming you were serious with this statement, since you have a lot of education; This is standard procedure in any officer involved shooting.

  • thecatsmeow Oct 31, 2008

    I stand behind the officer. It's easy for people to say he should have done this or done that but no one was in his situation. Officers have to make a quick decision in dealing with situations like this. I know it's extremely hard for him to have had to make that choice and now have to live with it but he did what he was trained to do and the community is safer. So, my prayers are with the officer and his family. My prayers also go to the shooting victim's family for this tragedy.

  • MEME1180 Oct 31, 2008

    Ok, I was started to think everyone on here was a cowboy.

  • MEME1180 Oct 31, 2008

    I appreciate the fact that we have men and women who put their lives on the line everyday in an effort to make sure that my family and I are safe. So dont get it twisted, Im giving my opinion after reading this story.

  • MEME1180 Oct 31, 2008

    doin- I probably have more education than you will ever receive in this lifetime. LOL If I am uneducated on this subject guess, why? Im not a police officer. But if it were fine and dandy for Sgt. Cox to kill this guy for assaulting him why would he be on administrative duty?