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Wounded suspect charged in Fayetteville officer shooting

Posted December 17, 2010
Updated December 20, 2010

— Police have filed assault and weapons charges against a man accused of firing at Fayetteville officers Thursday evening.

Nereus Amon McNair, 20, of 157 Old Shaw Road, was charged Sunday with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Officers Michael Boone, 42, and Jonathan Seaman, 23, responded to calls about a domestic disturbance at 4432 Ruby Road around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, police spokesman Chris Davis said.

They talked briefly with a man outside the home before he pulled out a gun and fired at the officers, Davis said. The officers returned fire, and the gunman ran into the house. He was later arrested without incident.

McNair was wounded in the shoulder. Davis said that a resident at the home, who wasn't identified, also suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

McNair was serving two concurrent probation sentences, according to state Department of Correction records. He was convicted in April of breaking and entering and in 2009 of felonies, including larceny, breaking and entering, and hit-and-run.

Police said that he was arrested on Nov. 24 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and felony drug offenses.

Boone and Seaman were placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. That follows standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings.


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  • nccrew Dec 17, 2010

    Here is more info on the story:


  • Dagn Dec 17, 2010

    Now he will be the responsibility of the taxpayers. GREAT!

  • nccrew Dec 17, 2010

    WoW! I love how well the justice system in NC protects its citizens from dangerous people! Thank you judges and magistrates, you're diligent work keeps citizens and cops safe! Keep up the sordid work that you are doing!
    Add another FAIL to the court system!

  • thepeopleschamp Dec 17, 2010

    "I am willing to bet that person in the house was hit by stray gun fire from the officers!!" journey

    Lol. Read the article. Suspect fired at officers, officers returned fire, and then suspect runs into house. Do you see you would have lost that bet now?

  • thepeopleschamp Dec 17, 2010

    "I see there are 2 Fayetteville officers that need more firearm training! They MISSED!." NCcarguy

    Tell us what you would have done.

  • COPs eye Dec 17, 2010

    Don't they ever revoke people's probation in this state?

    After the probationer has violated it several time...then they extended it for another 6 to 12 months....its a joke.

  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 17, 2010

    Seems some don't know the dynamics of a shooting. You try being 100% accurate when being fired at, trying to find cover and trying to return fire while moving. They did hit him once. Those situations are over in 3-7 seconds. The th, ug was moving too trying to get back in the house. I think they did an excellent job not to get hit and yet resolved the situation without a lot of other people being killed or severely injured.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Dec 17, 2010

    I see there are 2 Fayetteville officers that need more firearm training! They MISSED!. Glad they're OK...good to see our liberal judicial system allowed this guy to be walking free so these officers are able to enjoy times like this.

  • Wacky_dood Dec 17, 2010

    A felon in possession of a firearm is a violation of federal law so maybe the feds will finally get serious with this guy and lock him up. Why was he out on the street if he was just arrested Nov 24 for assault on an officer and drug felonies in addition to his being on probation? Don't they ever revoke people's probation in this state?

  • agglover Dec 17, 2010

    If this guy was arrested on Nov. 24th with assault on an officer and drug offenses why was he even out of jail or prison? That is what is wrong with our judicial system now. People who are repeat offenders are getting out and causing the same problems and others end up spending life in prison for some things that they could be put on probation for.