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Former Marine hospitalized after being shot by Cary officer

Posted September 28, 2008 9:57 a.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2008 4:34 p.m. EDT

— A former Marine is in critical condition after being shot by a Cary police officer early Sunday.

A resident of a home at 202 Dundalk Way called 911 at 4:51 a.m. and said that a 31-year-old man was in distress, Capt. Michael Williams, with the Cary Police Department, said.

Williams said that while responding, officers had to resort to force, and one officer shot the man.

According to family, the victim is James Cummings.

Cummings' fiance said she called police because Cummings threatened to hurt himself.

According to Cummings' father, his son had been drinking alcohol and is mentally ill. He is a former Marine and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

When police arrived, Cummings picked up a BB gun which may have led to the shooting, the father said.

"I think it's uncalled for, it's unjustified. These officers, I know they have been trained what to do in situations like this, especially when they were told prior to arriving of his condition. It’s very hard on the family right now,” James Cummings Sr. said.

Cummings was listed in critical condition Sunday evening at WakeMed. The family said he was shot in the abdomen and is on life support.

Williams could not say how many times the victim was shot or how many times the officer fired his weapon.

The name of the officer was withheld Sunday.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to review the incident, following standard protocol for any officer-related shooting.