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Trooper involved in fatal shooting moves before returning to duty

Posted October 31, 2012

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— A state trooper who shot and killed a Roanoke Rapids man who pulled out a handgun during a June traffic stop has returned to duty in the western part of the state, the State Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

Trooper Matt W. Pitman stopped the driver of a 2005 Dodge pickup truck for suspected impaired driving on U.S. Highway 158 west of Roanoke Rapids on June 29.

Pitman ordered the driver, James Russell Moore, 64, out of the car and on the ground when he realized Moore had a gun in his pocket. Authorities said Moore ignored repeated orders from Pitman and pointed his loaded gun at the trooper, prompting Pitman to shoot him.

Pitman was placed on administrative duty while the shooting was investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Highway Patrol spokesman First Sgt. Jeff Gordon said Pitman requested a transfer to Madison County, and he recently returned to active duty.

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  • Lightfoot3 Nov 1, 2012

    "Where is the video?..." - ylmclean73


    I believe all cop interactions with the public should be recorded. Protects the citizens corrupt cops, and protects the good cops from frivilous claims. It's cheap technology, as long as you don't hire some Haliburton-like company.


    "There is a renewal for CCW. Every 5 years you retake the course." - WageSlave


    There's a renewal fee, but you don't have to retake the course.

  • ylmclean73 Nov 1, 2012

    As many cars as a Trooper pulls over each day I'm sure he's pulled plenty of other cars where a firearm was inside. However, I'm sure those people didn't AIM the loaded gun at the Trooper thus changing the scenerio entirely.

    Lets see the scenario he has a camera to record all stops.Where is the video???????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    ??

  • ylmclean73 Nov 1, 2012

    I don't have a CC permit, but I'm pretty sure that people who do are supposed to notify the officer that they have a gun first thing and not get out of the car with it in their pocket and aim at the officer.
    Either you are lying, or you just don't know what you're talking about.

    Yes genius you tell an officer you have an CC Permit ,however if you don't the penalty isn't the death penalty. By the way I wonder what happened to the video that officers are required to start when the make a traffic stop. Let me guess it conveniently wasn't working or he forgot to start it or that part of the video is distorted.

  • WageSlave Nov 1, 2012

    We ahve renewal exams to keep our other licenses, maybe we need them on right to carry concealed weapons, too. I don't want people with impaired judgment to buy, own or carry weapons. They are a threat to the right of others to do so.
    djofraleigh

    There is a renewal for CCW. Every 5 years you retake the course. Mine is coming up soon.

  • lainepittman Nov 1, 2012

    I live in Roanoke Rapids and I am a family member of Mr. Moore. Personally I do not enjoy seeing this in the press because it is a painful reminder for me. As far as James pulling a weapon on the trooper, there is only one living witness. James cannot give his side of the story. As a family member, Mr. Pittman's story does not match the character of the man I knew. As far as any of my family being a threat to Mr. Pittman, no one I know has ever threatened him. I imagine that he has to live with taking a human life every waking minute. Maybe this is why he felt the need to move. As for the people who make insensitive, hurtful comments on here, I will pray for you that you are never put in a situation to read such things about your own family. I was taught that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 1, 2012

    "So if I get pulled over and a cop sees my weapon in my pocket I guess its open season." ylmclean73

    As many cars as a Trooper pulls over each day I'm sure he's pulled plenty of other cars where a firearm was inside. However, I'm sure those people didn't AIM the loaded gun at the Trooper thus changing the scenerio entirely.

  • outhousecat Nov 1, 2012

    So if I get pulled over and a cop sees my weapon in my pocket I guess its open season. ylmclean73

    I don't have a CC permit, but I'm pretty sure that people who do are supposed to notify the officer that they have a gun first thing and not get out of the car with it in their pocket and aim at the officer.

    Either you are lying, or you just don't know what you're talking about.

  • iamamesstoo Nov 1, 2012

    First of all, The article said, he ignored repeated orders and he pointed the gun at the officer so yes, could be a cop killer.
    Second, if it was a legal handgun and permitted, one of the things they tell you to do when a cop pulls you over is to tell him you have a gun and its permitted. Third, the article did tell what county he moved to, Bad judgement of WRAL part. Nice job.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 1, 2012

    "'ve been in traffic stops in NC as well as other States I'm licensed to carry and I had my weapon on me. I did not not get shot. If I would have guess I would have been labeled a cop killer also.""----ylmclean73

    Perhaps you should have pulled it out and pointed it at the cops, you would have had your wish.

    That's sad people really should think before they post ridiculously.If you have no idea why comment negatively."----ylmclean73

    I went back and read through the comments trying to figure out what you are posting about. Most comments here take issue with WRAL for posting personal information about an officer that had the unfortunate situation in which he had to take a human life. I am sure it affected him and his family greatly. Now there are ignorant posters here that want to post ignorance about a person that pulled a gun on a cop while drunk.

    You are correct, people should think about their ignorance before they post, especially you.

  • wbshattuck Nov 1, 2012

    ylmclean73... what part of the phrase "pointed his loaded gun at the trooper" did you not understand?

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