Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Sounds Like a Robbery Gone Sour

Officer-involved shooting in Albemarle, NC.

Police were called just before 6 a.m. to a home on Oak Street off U.S. 52. The homeowner told police that a man knocked on the door and asked to use the phone. When the homeowner refused to let him in, the man shot at a trash can, the dispatcher said.

The homeowner called 911.

Officers searched the area and found a man fitting the suspect's description. "He was armed with some sort of weapon," the dispatcher said.

When the suspect wouldn't surrender, police on the scene requested back-up. Then shots were fired. "The next thing we knew the investigators were calling Medic," the dispatcher said.

The suspect died at the scene.

Albemarle is about 30 miles east of Charlotte, not far from the Uwharrie National Forest. Pretty country around there.

Anyway, asking to use the phone is often a pretense to gain entry to a house for purpose of robbery. And what with near universal ownership of cell phones these days, no one should be asking to come into your house to use the phone, anyway.

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