UPDATE: Dead Teen's Family Speaks Out, Don't Blame Deputy

The family of a teen shot dead at a bank ATM Wednesday night says Antonio Lacy made a mistake, but he was not a cold, hard criminal.

The 19-year-old was killed after police say he tried to rob an off-duty Pitt County deputy sheriff at the State Employees Credit Union on Charles Boulevard. Sheriff Mac Manning says Deputy Zackary Odom was defending himself when he shot the teen.

"It was a bad decision made on Tony's part that cost him his life, which was totally out of character for him," says Rolette Lacy, the dead teen's aunt.

The family talked to WITN reporter Dave Marcheskie Friday morning. They say they're at a loss as to why Lacy tried to rob the deputy, a man they do not blame. "Officer Odom responded in a way that we don't find him at fault for anything as a family," the aunt told WITN.

Lacy graduated from Beaufort County's Northside High School in 2008. Kelvin Davis, his cousin, says they were more like brothers. "He should've known that he could've come to me for anything. Me, my brother, my mother, grandma...anybody in our family would've helped him out."

While they don't blame the deputy, family members we spoke were upset with the way some things were presented. "It bothers the family that Sheriff Mac Manning presented him the way he did. That's not how it was," said Rolette Lacy. "How they advertised him on T.V. yesterday, making it like he was a hardened criminal...that wasn't the case," Kelvin Davis told WITN.

The family now is waiting for the medical examiner to release the body so they can make funeral arrangements.

The SBI is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.

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Authorities say an off-duty deputy sheriff, with less than four months on the job, shot and killed a would-be robber.

The State Bureau of Investigation tells WITN News that the dead man has been identified as Antonio Lacy of Greenville. The Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville wouldn't say how many times Lacy was shot, but did say the 19-year-old was shot in the chest.

Greenville police say Lacy approached the off-duty Pitt County deputy at an automated teller machine at the State Employees Credit Union at 2296 Charles Blvd. around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. A press release says when the suspect tried to rob the deputy at gunpoint, the deputy fired his gun at the suspect.

Sheriff Mac Manning identified the deputy as Zackary Odom. Manning said Odom is fresh out of the academy, and has been with his department since August.

Lacy was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, but police say he died there. The deputy was not injured.

The sheriff says the deputy was in his vehicle at the ATM and noticed someone coming up from behind him. Manning says he used the same ATM the night before.

As is standard procedure when a law enforcement officer is involved, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is handling the investigation.

Court records show Lacy had a January 15th court date for traffic charges in Pitt County. He was charged with having no operators license and driving by person less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs.

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  • by shey Location: v on Apr 5, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    yall need to let him rest in peace. i never since him as threat nor has anyone else. SO LEAVE AONE R.I.P COUSIN
  • by Briana and Lawanda Lacy Location: LLLLLLLLL on Feb 12, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    Briana- I feel that people need to STOP saying Negative things like that he did nothing to you.. i understand that some people feel well the police was trying to protect himself.. but we werenot there to witness anything you dont know how many times the Trigger was pulled. so instead of shooting in the chest where u could have DIED (which he did). shoot in the arm or leg because that would have gave him a chance to think about never doing it again because he would have learned that it was wrong and the Family (Us) would have been really watching him because it would really give him a new start.. Thanks to the police he has died which is very hard for us!! Why did you have to do it? REMEMBER- ARM OR LEG!!! Lawanda-My brother did make a mistake. ya'll people dont know what my brother was like. He was Sweet, He Was Nice, He Was a lovable Brother. He was Very Protective over his family. And we do miss him Dearly. I WISH YA'LL WOULD GET A LIFE!! Good Bless Who Posted GOOD LOVING COMMENTS!!
  • by ANDERSON Location: GREENVILLE NC on Jan 29, 2010 at 08:43 AM
  • by B-Stone Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2010 at 08:55 PM
    How are you going to call someone you never knew a thug. I knew him, in fact he was my cousin and yeah he made a dumb mistake, but you don't know what he may been going through. I'm not a communist and I am not nuts, but yeah I do feel sorry for him and you should to, because you may end up in that same situation one day, " LW"!!!
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Jan 9, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    You can never explain why these left wing communist nuts want to feel sorry for this thug.He took a chance and come up "snake eyes".
  • by to T on Jan 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    Don't say you know what happen. You are only reading the report on this site. The family does not even know what happen. Did they say that he actually was robbing the man? No!!! They are only going by what was told to them. So no you don't know. Anyway the family is showing respect towards the deputy, so you people should show respect to their love one and his family. You don't have to call him a thug and a criminal. It is wrong. You would not want anyone calling your child that. So like I said give it a rest. Please!!!
  • by T Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2010 at 03:17 AM
    To Anonymous (8 Jan,3:20PM) We do know what happen. He tried to rob someone, and he paid the ultimate price. Heck, even the family says the deputy is not to be blamed. He was either to lazy to look for work, or simply did not care about crime. He is a criminal, and in todays society, we refuse to put up with this kind of thing. His parents seem to be first class people, as they know his history. So, for that, I grieve for them.It seems they did the best they could, but eventually it was obvious that this kid was a bad apple. It was his decision to do what he did, and now he had to take a dose of his own medicine. Sorry, not alot of sympathy for this jid. I wish his parents the best. Do not blame yourselves. God Bless.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Nobody knows what happen, because none of you were there. So I say give it a rest and stop posting about this. I wish the family of Antonio Lacy would please have the comment section disabled. In honor of your love one please do this. I am tired of seeing the bad comments about him.
  • by unknown. Location: Class of 2011. on Jan 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    I knew tony, He was a good guy. But give the cop a break! The point is if the cop had not used to force that he did, with his gun. He prob wouldve been the death victom. Tony made a mistake, & suffored the consequnces.
  • by friend Location: morehead city on Jan 8, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    i know zach and he wouldn't hurt a fly. this happened for a reason and it wasn't because he acted hastily. Zach is a very nice person and i know something had to be seriously messed up for him to even consider laying a finger on his gun.

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