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Raleigh Man Killed by Greensboro Officer

Posted January 25, 2008 11:46 a.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2008 5:30 p.m. EST

— A Raleigh man was shot and killed by an off-duty Greensboro police officer during a scuffle, police said Friday.

Emile Baptist Williams, 39, of 1211 Trillium Circle, was killed late Wednesday during an altercation with Officer W.M. Symmes, police said.

Symmes, who was working off-duty, responded to a reported theft from Helzberg Diamonds at the Four Seasons Mall and tried to stop the suspected thief, who was fleeing the scene in a Honda Accord, authorities said.

The chase on Interstate 40/85 reached speeds up to 100 mph, and the police cruiser and the Accord collided on the highway near Creekridge Road, police said.

After the wreck, Symmes got into an altercation with Williams, who was driving the car, authorities said. Williams jumped into the cruiser and tried to drive off, dragging Symmes a short distance as the officer tried to stop the vehicle, authorities said.

Fearing Williams would drive off, Symmes drew his weapon and shot Williams once in the neck, killing him, authorities said.

Police believe Williams stole two diamonds, valued at a combined $36,000, from the store, according to a search warrant. The Accord was reported stolen in Raleigh last February, the warrant said.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to review the case.