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Woman shot in struggle with Fayetteville police officer

Posted March 1, 2013

— A Fayetteville woman threatening to commit suicide was shot Thursday night as a police officer tried to disarm her, police said.

Officer Mark Laramie responding to a call about a suicidal person found a woman armed with a handgun outside a home in the 7200 block of Rockridge Road at about 6:30 p.m., police said.

Laramie initially asked the woman to put the gun down, and when he subsequently tried to disarm her, she shot herself in a struggle for the gun, police said.

The unidentified 27-year-old woman was recovering Friday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Her condition wasn't released, but police said the wound wasn't life-threatening.

Laramie, who has been with the Fayetteville Police Department since June 2009, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of the incident, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.


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  • sunshine1040 Mar 4, 6:58 p.m.

    Officer put his life on the line to save this woman.

  • Moose is loose Mar 1, 7:49 p.m.

    Good job Fayetteville PD

  • djofraleigh Mar 1, 5:48 p.m.

    WRAL used a loaded title line...who didn't assume that the LEO shot the woman before reading the story? Applause to the officer for risking life and limb to take a gun from a suicidal woman.

  • airbornemonty Mar 1, 4:31 p.m.

    A supposedly suicidal woman, which I doubt, saved by a thinking police officer. She answers to the name, Lucky!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Mar 1, 3:12 p.m.

    The officer tried to help and should not be blamed for a suicidal person still managing to shoot herself.

  • Hatchcover Mar 1, 1:34 p.m.

    "banning assault weapons would have prevented this....according to the libs" - ThePunisher

    Reading comprehension is clearly a struggle for some folks - pounding a keyboard takes a lesser skill.

  • ThePunisher Mar 1, 12:47 p.m.

    banning assault weapons would have prevented this....according to the libs

  • Hans Mar 1, 12:36 p.m.

    Here we go again.

  • Sweetgrl3 Mar 1, 12:01 p.m.

    She should have listened.