85 People Killed In Police Shootings Since 2004

During the past five years there have been at least 85 fatal law enforcement shootings in North Carolina.

Not every police agency requests the SBI to investigate, but in those that do there have already been 3 fatal shootings this year before today's shooting in Onslow County.

2008 had a particularly high number of shootings, with 28. In 2007 there were just 10, while in 2006 the number stood at 16. For 2005 and 2004 there were 14 fatal shootings by police officers.

The last deadly law enforcement shooting in Eastern Carolina that was investigated by the SBI happened last August in Craven County. In that case, the SBI showed, and the district attorney concurred that the deputy was justified in shooting the man.


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  • by Dave on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    The way I see it is that there are now 85 less thugs in the world.
  • by cop's wife Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    Thank you all for your support of Law Enforcement. It is so nice to read an article and see positive comments about Police Officers instead of negative ones!!
  • by Mrs. T Location: NC on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    As the wife of an officer, THANK YOU to all of you who have posted positive comments!! I was hesitant to read them at first knowing how most people feel about our brave protectors, but seeing these comments has brightened my morning! I heard recently that it costs $95,000 per year to house an inmate, that is just wrong! Officers miss out on birthdays, holidays, school functions with their kids, and many more things. They are so unappreciated and downright hated for the job that they do. It is not a job, it is a lifestyle. You worry every day that you will get that knock on the door telling you that because of some scumbag you will never see your spouse again. I am, however, frustrated at how the story was written. I agree with previous comments, why not say AT LEAST 85 lives saved since 2004? If they will shoot an officer, they will shoot anyone who gets in their way. I expect my husband to do whatever is necessary to come home to us at the end of the day. Thanks officers!!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 19, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    Your ask people to guard your property, enforce laws, gather evidence, protect your life and risk theirs at some of the lowest pay scales and they complain when they are threated with deadly force and they shoot back. When you list the number of cops killed also list the number of times they have been shot at and the number that have been killed. Do I feel bad about the 85? No I don,t. It should be a lot higher.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    Mr.T, the only thing you left out was it should be a higher number.
  • by Trainer Location: Williamston on Mar 19, 2009 at 03:07 AM
    I love the way WITN is showing its bias against police officers. Just a bold headline that makes it look like 85 people died because of law enforcement. I have some statistics of my own. In 2008 140 officers died in America. In 2008 4 officers were killed in North Carolina 2 of these by gunfire. Why doesnt WITN run a headline 85 OFFICERS SAVED SINCE 2004. OR 85 CRIMINALS TAKEN OFF THE STREETS
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Mar 19, 2009 at 02:45 AM
    Bowing to MrT! We're not worthy! That was outstanding! Now, where are the people that will be speaking on behalf of those killed by LE? You know? The same ones that next time theres a story about some thug being locked up, will be griping about "tax payers expense"? Some people just have to blame LE no matter what course of action they take.. We are either wasting their tax dollars, or wasting some poor, "misunderstood" persons life that had a family.. I get all teary eyed just thinking about it :)
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 18, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    I can't believe that I put 84 when its plain as day it was 85. Guess I was just in too much of a hurry.
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Mar 18, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    I would say whatever they did to get shot I am sure they more than deserved it!
  • by cop's wife Location: Greenville on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    MrT, again, I completely 100% agree with you. I wish there were more government officials that thought like you!!
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