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Fayetteville officer shoots, kills man during traffic stop

Posted January 24, 2013 8:26 a.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2013 11:47 a.m. EST

— A Fayetteville police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday during a traffic stop.

Police said the officer tried stopping a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Morganton Road and Virginia Avenue shortly after 6 a.m.

But the driver, identified as Nijza Lamar Hagans, 22, kept traveling on South Virginia Avenue before coming to a stop at the dead end of the road.

During the stop, police said, the officer shot Hagans, who died at the scene.

A Fayetteville Police Department spokesman did not say what prompted the shooting.

The officer, whose identity has not been released, has been placed on administrative duty, which is standard in police-involved shootings, while the State Bureau of Investigation investigates.