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Man killed in shootout with Raleigh police faced charges in July assault

Posted August 30, 2016 4:40 p.m. EDT
Updated August 30, 2016 8:55 p.m. EDT

— A 911 call Monday about a man with a gun that led to a shootout with police that left one man dead came from the same house in east Raleigh as a 911 call a month ago about a man chasing people with a knife.

Jaqwan Julius Terry, 24, of Raleigh, was killed, and Officer B.F. Burlson was wounded in the leg when Terry and police exchanged gunfire in a yard on Donald Ross Drive, near Raleigh Country Club.

Police were responding to a 911 call about a man with a gun when they chased Terry briefly and, according to police radio traffic, he refused to drop his gun.

Terry had previously been convicted of drug charges, driving while impaired and a hit-and-run, and he was on probation after a January arrest for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Last month, he was charged with more drug offenses, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon. The two assault charges stemmed from a July 21 arrest that followed a 911 call from 241 Donald Ross Drive, which police said is the same address where Monday's 911 call was made.

In the July 911 call, a woman said a man was chasing her with a knife.

"I guess he just doesn't like me for some reason," the woman told a dispatcher. "I was downstairs about to fall asleep. He comes downstairs kicking and screaming. He starts barging at her with the baby. So, I take the baby, and he runs after me screaming, and he comes back in the house to get a knife, and he chases me up the road.

"I want a restraining order against this man because I knew this was going to be like this," she continued.

In another 911 call related to the July incident, a neighbor reported a violent argument between a man and a woman.

"She’s saying get out of my face, get out of my face," the neighbor said. "He’s saying, 'I love you. That’s my (expletive) child,' or something. I don’t know. So, his dispute must be with one of the younger girls. There was an older lady and two young girls."

Terry was the father of a 7-month-old daughter, and the child's grandmother said he was a family man and not the person the media is portraying.

It's unclear how many shots were fired in the exchange Monday. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate, and the Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit is reviewing the incident to determine if any policies were violated.

Burlson and Officer B.S. Beausoleil, who also was involved in the shooting, have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.

The SBI is asking anybody with information about the shooting or who may have video from the scene to call 919-779-8188.