Fayetteville officers responding to fatal stabbing call shoot, kill suspect

Courtesy WNCN

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman is dead and the man who said he killed her was shot and killed by Fayetteville police officers Wednesday night, officials said.

Police responded to a 911 call around 9:55 p.m. from a child who said that his mother had been stabbed by her boyfriend at their home along the 800 block of Bedrock Drive. The caller and another child in the home were able to a escape the home by climbing out of a window and running to a neighbors house to make the call, officials said.

Officers responding to the call set up a perimeter around the home and attempted to make contact with the woman and her boyfriend, but were unable to. A man inside the home then called 911 and said that he had killed someone.

Police forced their way into the front door of the home after they were unable to make contact with the man inside the home. Once inside, officers saw the man standing over a woman inside of the home. The woman was lying in a pool of blood and officers immediately commanded the man to drop the knife he was holding, police said.

An officer attempted to use a stun gun on the man, but it didn’t work. According to officials, officers then moved in to attempt to handcuff the man. It was then that the suspect lunged at the officers with a knife, police said. Once he lunged, the officers fired their weapons and shot the man, fatally wounding him. The woman inside the home was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the incident was captured on body cameras that the officers were wearing, but the images are graphic due to the woman who had been murdered in the home.

Police said in a news release that, “This is a tragic event for everyone involved and the Fayetteville Police Department is concerned for the children in the home who witnessed this incident.  We will work with the families to ensure they are receiving vital resources and their continued well-being.”

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the officer-involved shooting and the involved officers will be placed on administrative duty while the investigation is being conducted. The Fayetteville Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit will also conduct an internal investigation.

A news conference is scheduled for around noon today.

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