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Man killed by police in shootout; two injured

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A man was shot and killed in this alleyway after Greenville police responded to a fight in progress involving shots fired.

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The Daily Reflector

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Greenville Police Department officers shot and killed a man after they, along with other officers, observed him shooting into a crowd in an alleyway early Sunday, the department reported.

The incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. near Fifth and Reade streets, according to a department news release. Police responded to a fight in progress involving shots fired.

Greenville officers along with East Carolina University Police Department officers witnessed a man actively shooting into a crowd of people in the alley.  Three Greenville officers returned fire, striking the man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said that his officers treated the incident as an active shooter situation.

“The police officers responded to their training, and this was an active shooter situation for us,” Holtzman said. “The incident happened in a matter of seconds.”

During the shootout between the man and police, two bystanders also were shot in their lower extremities but it is unclear who shot them, the department reported.

Both were transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment. One of them is in serious condition and the other suffered minor injuries, Holtzman said.

“This is a very difficult situation for any community to go through, for a police department to go through and is certainly not something you want to see in your downtown,” Holtzman said. 

On Sunday evening, Mayor P.J. Conelly issued a statement on the shooting. 

"As Mayor of the City of Greenville, I am committed to being transparent and providing as much information to the public as possible,” Connelly said.  Early this morning, Greenville police officers were involved in a shooting, during which a man was killed. The incident is currently under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, but at this point, we can confirm the man was armed and that he was actively shooting in the direction of a crowd. Two other people were injured.

We understand that community members may have questions about the events that transpired. We also understand no matter what led up to the shooting, the outcome is a tragedy. This is not an easy situation for anyone to endure. My thoughts are with the family of the deceased tonight, as well as the officers who were faced with an extremely difficult situation. I thank you for your patience and trust as the investigation moves forward," Connelly said. 

Holtzman has requested the State Bureau of Investigation conduct the primary investigation into the shooting. The Greenville Police Department also will conduct an internal investigation, per protocol in officer-involved shootings.

In accordance with the Greenville Police Department’s policies and procedures, the three officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, the news release said.

The names of those involved in the shooting will be released at a later time, Holtzman said.  

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