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Wake deputy kills woman who charged at him with knife

Posted May 17, 2013

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— A Wake County deputy fatally shot a woman Friday afternoon after she charged at him and two other deputies with a knife, Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Someone called 911 at 11:45 a.m. to report that a woman was breaking into a home at 6232 Melbourne Road and was threatening the caller with a garden rake, Harrison said. When deputies arrived 10 minutes later, they found a woman breaking into a second home at 6222 Melbourne Road.

Misty Michelle Mullins and her boyfriend rented that home until a couple weeks ago, the property owner said. The pair had broken up, and Mullins was no longer listed on the lease.

Domestic violence protection order Domestic violence order barred woman from home

"We found out there was a domestic violence order pending at that residence. She was not supposed to be there," Harrison said.

The man had a protective order against Mullins, 33, saying she had assaulted him on April 25 and had threatened him with a knife and a baseball bat, according to court records. The order bars her from the 6222 Melbourne Road home and the man's workplace.

Deputies tried to persuade Mullins to come out of the home. When she wouldn't, they entered.

Mullins then charged at the deputies with a machete, witnesses said, and they used a stun gun to try to subdue her. When that failed three times, Deputy Gabriel Romero shot and killed her.

The names of the other two deputies involved haven't been released. None was injured.

"Anytime we have something like this, it's a tragedy for both sides – our family and the family that's involved," Harrison said.

Romero is on administrative duty, pending a State Bureau of Investigation review of the incident. Harrison said he hasn't decided whether the other two deputies also will be taken off patrol until the outside review is complete.

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  • kornfan2448 May 20, 9:05 a.m.

    Interesting to see some rush to the aid of a woman that assaulted her boyfriend, threatened him with a bat and a knife, broke into two homes, violated a protective order, threatened a person with a garden rake and charged at three officers with a machete. Indeed what they should have done was shot the machete out of her hand, knocked her out cold with one blow and then cuffed her and stuffed her.

  • oldreb1965 May 17, 7:57 p.m.

    "Again, reading is your friend. I carry a Tazer everyday and have been though the school. When both barbs are applied correctly the unit is one hundred percent effective. Please understand the last sentence before responding."
    Yet there are video's after video's of LEO's using them and it not working.
    Are you saying that you have better training with them the LEO's?

  • djofraleigh May 17, 7:53 p.m.

    When both barbs are applied correctly the unit is one hundred percent effective. COMMENT

    What percentage of the time are they applied correctly? The demonstration on TV had the gun fired from about 6 feet, straight into the chest of the man who removed them. Probably on you tube now...they didn't work three times in this case.

  • Billy the Kid May 17, 7:51 p.m.

    NCGS 15a-401d2 applied perfectly but unfortunately. Look that up, quarterbacks.

  • djofraleigh May 17, 7:50 p.m.

    I do wonder if the posts would be the same if the alleged perp was a male. -- COMMENT

    I can't help but think it worse that it was a woman, and one in her 30s. I don't know, but Romero the LEO might be a female.

    Really, sex or size should not matter. In a room a person can't be far away when coming at the LEO with a machete.

    Neither the woman nor the LEO had much time to sit and think about what to do. The order was to halt, she didn't, lesser tazer force was used and failed, then deadly force was used. That's 1, 2, 3, 4...just that fast.

    I remember the Raleigh policeman killed by a woman under the influence. He put waited for a female officer to arrive before searching her, I believe.

    I still wonder if there would have been some way to force mental health screening and support on her when the restraining and assault occurred a month ago.

    Mental health may be a key to avoiding many suicides and homicides, assaults and runaways.

  • sctech May 17, 7:44 p.m.

    You are so misinformed.

    Search the web and you'll find many stories where tazers were used and a crazed individual still advanced. Iak Hsehpen

    Again, reading is your friend. I carry a Tazer everyday and have been though the school. When both barbs are applied correctly the unit is one hundred percent effective. Please understand the last sentence before responding.

  • wayneboyd May 17, 7:44 p.m.

    I have been told that some subjects under the influence of certain drugs are immune from the effects of a stun gun. I've heard LEO say that some under the influence feel absolutely no pain. They've told me there has been times it would take half dozen officers to subdue and restrain a 150 pound subject.

  • sctech May 17, 7:42 p.m.

    She had already broken into a previous home and threatened a woman there with a "three-pronged garden tool."

    Do you think she entered that home to offer to help the woman rake her tomatoes? Iak Hsehpen

    Read- comprehend. Nothing in the story states the victim was there.

  • djofraleigh May 17, 7:40 p.m.

    Tazers work on one hundred percent of the population when both barbs are applied correctly. -- comment

    Obviously they didn't work this time. I watched a man on TV demonstrate how he could remain standing, quickly swipe the leads off his chest, and keep functioning. He did it several times. Never say always.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves May 17, 7:37 p.m.

    sctech - "Tazers work on one hundred percent of the population when both barbs are applied correctly. Drugs or crazy doesn't matter when thousands of volts are applied."

    You are so misinformed.

    Search the web and you'll find many stories where tazers were used and a crazed individual still advanced.

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