Local News

Autopsy: Apex man who complained about loud music was shot 5 times by police

Posted August 21, 2019 11:18 a.m. EDT
Updated August 21, 2019 11:29 a.m. EDT

— The Apex man who was killed by police in April after complaining about loud music was shot five times, according to an autopsy report.

Stanley Edward Thompson, 51, was shot during an altercation with Apex police officers who were responding to a report of a physical assault in the Dogwood Ridge subdivision April 25.

Minutes before 911 dispatchers learned of the assault, Thompson had called authorities to complain about music coming from a parked car near his home in the subdivision.

John Hucks told police he was at the pool listening to music in his car when a man entered his car, grabbed at his neck and pinned him.

While police were searching for the assault suspect, Thompson came out of his home armed with a shotgun, Apex Police Chief John Letteney said. Thick, black smoke was coming out of the house.

Thompson refused requests to put down the gun, and when he walked toward the officers and raised the gun, Apex officers opened fire, Letteney said.

It was not clear if Thompson fired his weapon in the incident.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thompson was shot in the ankle, thighs, arm and neck, the autopsy found.

The autopsy report said there were no indicators of range of fire.

A toxicological analysis found no alcohol, common medications or commonly abused drugs in Thompson’s system.