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Raleigh police shot, killed man less than 3 minutes after getting call of armed man

Posted January 31, 2020 6:04 p.m. EST

— Less than three minutes passed Thursday between police responding to a call about a man with a gun near a Raleigh store and shots being fired.

Radio communications between Raleigh police officers and dispatchers, which the police department released Friday, show that someone reported a man with a gun acting suspiciously outside a Big Lots store in a shopping center at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road shortly before 3 p.m.

"A gun fell out from his shirt. He looked around. He picked it up. He started staring at it. He stuck it back in his jacket," a caller told a 911 dispatcher.

The caller described a man wearing a gold suit jacket and a knit cap who then went inside the Big Lots store.

"It was a bigger gun, a large-size handgun," the caller said. "He was putting it in his pants, like under his jacket and shirt, in the front of his pants."

The description of the man was passed along to police in the area, and minutes later, an officer called out "shots fired" on the police radio, and two shots could be heard.

"Is that shots fired from the suspect?" a dispatcher asks, but she gets no response.

About a minute and a half after that, an officer orders Pleasant Valley Road to be blocked off.

"Someone on the far end of Pleasant Valley to block all traffic," he says.

Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said an officer responding to the initial dispatch identified the man described by the 911 caller and tried to approach him, but the man showed a weapon and ran.

Keith Dutree Collins was shot multiple times in the encounter and died of his wounds, Deck-Brown said.

Investigators said they found a gun at the scene.

The officer who fired, whose name hasn't been released, has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation review of the shooting. Raleigh police also are conducting an internal investigation to determine whether any policies or procedures were violated.

Raleigh police are seeking a court order to release video from the officer's body-worn camera publicly. A hearing on that request is set for Tuesday morning.

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