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Wife questions why corrections officer not charged in husband's death

Posted February 18, 2010 5:32 p.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2010 6:55 p.m. EST

— The wife of a man fatally shot by a federal corrections officer outside a Butner restaurant in December expressed bitterness Thursday over the fact that authorities don't plan to charge his killer.

Ronald Dewey Anderson Jr., 45, was shot outside the Taste of Fuji restaurant on Dec. 27. Police said he and a friend got into an argument with Uriah Metcalf and Gwynn Basinger, two corrections officers at the Federal Correctional Center in Butner.

An autopsy report released Wednesday showed the Anderson had three gunshot wounds to his head, three more to his chest, two in his back and four in his right arm. Two of the shots were at close range, the report states.

"I want justice. I want justice," said Anderson's widow, Su Anderson. "I have three children that don't understand why somebody's not getting arrested for killing somebody."

A Granville County grand jury last month declined to indict Metcalf after District Attorney Sam Currin pursued a voluntary manslaughter charge against him.

Currin said Thursday that he doesn't plan to press the case further, saying he's not sure he could convince a jury that Metcalf wasn't trying to defend himself.

The police investigation determined that Anderson fired the first shot in the altercation and missed, Currin said. Metcalf then fired his 9 mm handgun at Anderson's arms in an apparent attempt to disarm him, but Anderson kept advancing, Currin said.

Su Anderson said the autopsy is enough evidence to show the shooting wasn't a case of self-defense.

"You take that autopsy report, and you look at it – 12 times, 12 times. It's not self-defense," she said. "I find it very hard to believe that it takes 12 shots to the head, the back, the chest and the arms to stop a man."

Prosecutors should have waited to present the case to the grand jury, she said, so members could have reviewed the autopsy report.

"They should not have taken anything to the grand jury until they had all the evidence provided to them," she said.

Metcalf couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Federal Correctional Center said he is still employed there.

Taste of Fuji closed after the incident.