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Suicidal N.C. Man Tells Officer: 'Shoot Me'

September 18, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WRAL.
Screenshot via WRAL.
A distraught man who taunted Durham (N.C.) Police officers to "shoot me" during a downtown standoff has died after an officer shot him when he pointed a gun at police.

The incident began at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, after the man drove to CCB Plaza and walked around holding a gun to his head, reports WRAL. He wore a pink shirt and black shorts. After negotiating with police for about an hour, the man pointed his weapon at an officer hiding behind the Durham bull sculpture.

The man, who has not been identified, died after being transported to the hospital for treatment, reports the Duke Chronicle.

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Pup @ 9/19/2013 4:38 PM

Amazing!! What's wrong with this picture? Suspect having the drop on an officer like this and the suspect is still standing. When are officers going to realize how lucky we are that more idiots don't kill us. Don't give the opportunity. I wonder how this officer allowed the suspect to get that close and pointing a weapon at him? I'm really confused how so many departments allow these type of incidents to happen. Referring to officers not taking the right type of action. This is unbelievable.

Sgt. Mike @ 9/19/2013 7:08 PM

Hey Pup, calm down a bit and take a look at what we're seeing. This is a still shot from a video, and probably only shows a moment in time that lasted fractions of a second. As you go through training in the issue of responding to the mentally disturbed, you will learn just how fast a person can move a gun they held to their own head to another target, and just how long it takes for witness officers to realize what has happened and respond. Fractions of a second seems like days when you're in the moment...and moments live for eternity in photographs.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/20/2013 3:06 AM

Seek and ye shall find, Ask and ye shall receive, so sayeth the Lord!

Federali @ 9/20/2013 11:12 AM

Good points Sgt. Mike. I would also add that this looks like a view through an extreme zoom, and that the subject was probably a good distance from the officer and not really right on top of him as it appears. Still, and I hate Monday-morning quarterbacking, I would not have chosen a spot so low to the ground where I had to be prone like that. If the officer needed to move quickly, he wouldn't have been able to.

Chuck McKenzie @ 9/22/2013 7:20 PM

I am usually critical of Leprechaun, but this time, he echoes my personal feeling. We're here to protect and serve, and he was given the service he requested.

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