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Judge Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted December 26, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the mother of a man killed by a Fayetteville police officer two years ago.

U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox says Officer T.P. Riley was justified in using deadly force.

On Jan. 31, 1994, Anthony Maurice Baldwin exchanged gunfire with an officer who tried to stop him outside a Raeford Road bank. Neither man was injured and Baldwin fled, leading officers on a car chase at speeds of more than 100 mph and firing a shotgun at police while driving.

One of those who pursued him was Officer T.P. Riley. The chase ended in a church parking lot on Hope Mills Road. There, Riley fired after Baldwin jumped from his car and ran away. Baldwin, 23, was shot once in the back of the head.

Riley said that he thought Baldwin still held the shotgun he had fired at police. Police later determined Baldwin dropped the weapon in another spot as he ran.

Police said Baldwin was planning to rob the Southern National Bank on Raeford Road when he met up with a Fayetteville police officer and opened fire. In the days after the shooting, the FBI determined that Baldwin had robbed a Hope Mills bank the week before.