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Funeral Set For Fayetteville Police Officer Shot In The Line Of Duty

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FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville Police officer Roy Gene Turner, Jr. , 32, will be remembered at a funeral scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, according to officials.

The service is expected to be at the Cumberland County Auditorium.

On Wednesday, Wiseman Mortuary will hold a viewing from 1 to 8 p.m. The mortuary is at 431 Cumberland Road.

After working leads throughout Thursday night and into the morning, Fayetteville police arrested a suspect in Turner's murder.

Investigators arrested Quintel Martinez Augustine, 24, for shooting and killing Turner, who was pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at 12:58 a.m., several hours after being shot while on duty Thursday night.

With the help of witnesses, police say that they were able to identify Augustine as the suspect by 3:00 a.m. Friday.

"As soon as information came in, we were filtering out the teams, contantly in and out all night long, following up and verifying information," said Capt. Mike Bergamine.

Warrants were issued for Augustine, who was wanted for first degree murder. Augustine was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m. at his mother's home at an apartment complex off of Branton Road. He was officially charged later Friday afternoon.

When asked by reporters as to whether he shot Turner, Augustine proclaimed his innocence.

"Nah, I didn't do it," he said.

His friends claim Augustine had an alibi.

"He was at my brother's house, playing video games and stuff while we were over there chillin'. Now, he gets blamed for something that he didn't even do," said Antonio Bradley, Augustine's friend.

After his arrest, the suspect's sister told WRAL that her brother is not the kind of man who would kill a police officer and that he is not that dumb.

Augustine has been accused of more than three dozen felony and misdemeanor crimes and traffic violations since 1994, when he was 17 years old.

Augustine is being held at the Cumberland County jail without bond.

Turner has been on the force for less than 5 years and just last month transferred to the department's neighborhood improvement team after serving on its narcotics division.

Turner is described as a good, agressive and well-mannered officer. Police say that when they arrived at the scene of the shooting, they found a Bible on the front seat of his patrol car.

Around 8:55 p.m. Thursday, Turner was the intersection of Hillsboro and Moore streets, an area known for crime and drug activity, when he was shot.

"Something captured the officer's attention to where he got out of his patrol vehicle. We know that the officer was fired at, that at least one of the rounds struck the officer, and the officer was killed," said Lt. Katherine Bryant.

Investigators say that Turner was not scheduled to be in the area of the shooting, but stopped there as he was traveling towards Murchison Road as part of a non-emergency routine to show a police presence in the neighborhood.

Keith Smith is the co-owner of two

group homes

in the neighborhood. He says that he sees violence in the neighborhood all the time, and that perhaps this incident will motivate the city to change.

"There have been a great many shootings before this. Unfortunately, it was an officer, so maybe something will come of it," Smith said.

Turner leaves behind a fiancee and a six-week-old son.

According to Bryant, the last Fayetteville officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1976.