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Part-Time Cop Charged in College Shooting

October 08, 2010  | 

A part-time police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for his involvement in the shooting incident at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, which resulted in the death of a student.

Christopher Amyx, 23, told police that he shot Jonathan Schipper, a sophomore at the college, in self-defense, reports Amyx, who is an auxiliary officer for the Pinetops (N.C.) Police Department, allegedly shot the victim in the head with a semi-automatic .45-caliber handgun, which is the agency's service weapon.

Amyx told another student that he had shot the victim and to call the authorities. During his interrogation, the suspect told police that he had been receiving numerous threats from unidentified sources prior to the incident.

Police found guns, bullets, loaded handgun magazines, a knife, and two laptop computers when they searched Amyx's room. The suspect has been placed on administrative leave from his duties with the department.

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