Suspected Gunman Had Long Criminal History

The man lawmen say killed his girlfriend Tuesday and then shot two deputies, one fatally, has a long criminal history.

Records filed with the North Carolina Department of Corrections show 43-year-old Clarence Douglas Phillips was first convicted of a crime in 1983 with a felony count of breaking and entering. That same month, records show Phillips was charged with driving under the influence and damage to property. Phillips was 17 years old at the time.

Philips was convicted in September 1984 with misdemeanor charges of drunk and disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. Another drunk and disorderly conviction was handed down against Phillips in January 1987, along with a damage to property conviction.

Records show Phillips spent three months behind bars in late 1986 and early 1987 for assault with a deadly weapon.

Phillips was put on probation in 1993 after a conviction of drug possession.

The next conviction against Phillips was not until 1999, when he was found guilty of assault of a female.

Phillips spent 20 months in prison from 2004 - 2005 after getting convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and communicating threats.


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  • by kalob Location: ernul on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    rip big cuz rip
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Apr 14, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    The criminals have the rights. The system is placing band-aids on large gashes and sending criminals back into society knowingly that society is dealing with a ticking bomb. Indeed, the officers' save us money.
  • by parap14 on Apr 11, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    MY THOUGHTS GO TO HIS FAMILEY BUT THANKS TO THE OTHER LAWMEN,THEY SAVED TAX PAYERS ALOT OF $$$$$.WHY DOES OUR SYSTEM KEEP LETTING PEOPLE LIKE THIS SLIP THROUGH THE SYSTEM.
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Apr 11, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    To the family...Quit making this man seem like a saint. His crimminal history speaks for itself. He was what he was.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 10, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    A career criminal who was allowed to continue to roam the streets because of bleeding heart liberal policies. 2 people dead and one seriously injured because of Liberal politics. It is the same liberal politics that is causing people to be laid off at PCS right now. Change your voting habits folks. It is obvious that the Dems live in some sort of fantasy world.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    As usual, this guy looks like a real winner. It is what it is. ..You can't fix stupid. ..He looks like a upstanding citizen. ..It's not his fault.. he was framed by "the man". ...Let me think of what else some of you say when the perpetrator looks different... ah.. Take away his welfare. ..Nope, don't see any of those comments on this thread. Let me check the thread about *Man Wanted for Assaulting Deputy* .. He didn't even kill anyone and lets see what you people have to say.. shall we? ....Rest In Peace Doug... good job! .. You still got your man! ..Wounded Deputy... God Speed.. good looking out! Criminals come in all colors.. watch your back officer. ..Phillips.. rot in jail you boot heel scum!!!
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    KELLY......you said it all. Bev Perdue needs this to be a reality check. Dont close the prisons, build more. Get these thugs off the streets and where life can be safer for everyone else. God Bless these families....
  • by Kelly Location: Greenville on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    Missy, it sounds like Doug should have been in that mental hospital. You expect/ask people not to judge him after he killed 2 people. That is not even logical. Families are shattered, lives have been lost..
  • by MISSY Location: NORTH CAROLINA on Apr 9, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    I also knew doug...i never would have thought he would do something like this..but he did...he will face his judgement so don't judge him yourself if you didn't know him...his past is his past..i have seen alot worse out there..that should be behind bars or a mental hospital..i'm sorry for the loss he caused..but his family is suffering also..think about them..all i can say is RIP Doug..God Bless You
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Apr 9, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    Ask Bev does she still want to close those prisons.
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