Wake County Deputy Shoots Man During Suicide Call

A Wake County deputy has shot and killed a 25-year-old man that he said threatened him with a knife.

Authorities said First Class Deputy Tavares Thompson answered a call about a suicidal man in north Raleigh around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators say Adam Carter threatened Thompson with a knife and he shot him. Carter died a short time later at the hospital.

Thompson has been with the Wake County Sherriff's Office for nearly five years.

The State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation into the shooting.

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  • by NCLEO on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM
    To the deputy involved, I say: Be strong, brother; glad you made it home safe. To all of you good folks that have voiced your support for LEOs, I say: Thank you. As for all of the anti-LEO comments I've seen here, well...I'm reminded of an old law enforcement saying: "If you want the public to love you...become a fireman."
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM
    To "reply": Yes, you have the right to say what you think. The problem here is, what you think...is WRONG. I reiterate, you are entitled to your opinions, but unless you've actually done the job of a LEO, that's all you have: OPINIONS. Yes, mental health patients need help. But their need for mental health counseling, or the how and why behind their mental state, is the last thing on an officer's mind when he's confronted with what appears to be his own imminent demise at the hands of such a person [or any other person]. Oliver Wendell Holmes said it best: "Detached reflection is not demanded in the presence of an upraised knife." Furthermore, not every officer fits your sarcastic description of "Rambo", or feeling as if they're "all powerful". Unless you've met every officer in America, how can you paint them all with the same brush? The invitation stands: If you know how LEOs should do their job, join up...or else, stick to what you know.
  • by fd Location: raleigh on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    This is the same group that shot and killed a mans dog because he was in danger.Make them carry 1 bullet in there pocket like Andy made Barney.
  • by gin on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    There's just one thing here that I do not understand about this situation. It was called in to 911 as a suicide call - why was no one sent out to try to talk to this guy that has training to deal with people in these situations? I don't know why the police went alone with no intentions of trying to help this guy. He obviously needed help. It was called in as a suicidal person. Sure, I know people say that police have to protect themselves but I do not think this case was handled properly at all. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends. The officer could have shot him in the leg or at least only one time - not twice. I know everyone has their opinion but I think we need to learn to deal with these type of mentally ill cases in a much better way.
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      by Agree with gin on Feb 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM in reply to gin
      I totally agree with you. I don't feel as the police or SO has enough training in this field. Why was a crisis person not sent out to try and reason with the man. Why didn't he shoot him in the leg or wherever he could. Something like this also has happened in Beaufort County and that trail is still pending. The officers HAVE TO BE trained to be aware of how to handle and protect themselves as well as the victim. I'm sure the victim was scared and felt like his last ditch effort for help when calling. You can't back a person in the corner and not expect them to be scared for whatever reason. I agree this was not handled properly. My thoughts go out to the victims family as well as to the officer, I'm sure it's not easy for him knowing he has killed another human being for whatever reason. No it isn't easy to be an officer and it isn't any easier to have to deal with a family member that is mentally ill. How was the 911 call handled, would like to hear the conversation between the victim and the communication center. What advice was given to him, if any??
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        by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM in reply to Agree with gin
        For the umpteenth time, LEOs are not trained to aim for legs, or shoulders, or feet. They are trained to aim for THE CENTER OF MASS OF THE BODY. It is this area that is the easiest to hit in a stressful situation, and a bullet to this area is the most likely to make the offender STOP trying to murder the good guys. You, like all the other LE critics that post on this site, have no earthly idea of what you're talking about. You watch movies and television and that is where you get your ideas about how LEOs should do their jobs. You've not spent one day in a Basic Law Enforcement Training academy, or working as a law enforcement officer. You are in no position to declare that this, or any other law enforcement situation, was not "handled properly". You are more than welcome to get a job as a LEO yourself, and go show them all how it's supposed to be done...as if that will ever happen.
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          by reply on Feb 12, 2012 at 06:12 PM in reply to
          this officer apparently responded by himself. Was there not a crisis officer that was available to go with him. Had he himself heard the call to know what he was responding to. Was he trained to work with the mentally ill or someone that had just spaced out of prescribes meds from a doctor?? You have to know what you're dealing with before you get there all ramboed out to know how to be prepared to deal with your subject. Most of these people asking for help really need it. People must be trained to know how to talk with the caller to not let the call get out of hand. Never push the caller in the corner. Every officer needs more crisis training, now that's for darn sure. Yes, I'm sure an officer is taught to shoot to kill to protect themselves. Sometimes we as citizens just think you need to stop and think and put yourself in someones shoes that is scared to death already is scared now you are there. Did you go with your gun drawn? There are a lot of unanswered questions on both sides. I have no intention to going to the year long LEO school. I don't need a gun or badge to make myself feel worthy. And you are have no idea how this mentally person fills everyday and calls someone he may trust and then have a team of rambos show up. Just get some more training of how to talk with the mentally ill. Only going to get worse.
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          by reply on Feb 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM in reply to
          and how do you know I have never worked with the LEO's or any other office. Anyone on this forum has the right to say and write what they think. Really I would not feel right going to LEO school for just one year to think I am the all powerful one of the universe because I have a gun and badge and a tazer gadget. Again I ask how was the 911 call handled? What advice did this victim get??? Really would like that tape released. If for nothing else to use as a training tape to learn what and how to talk with these subject. Was any of his family contacted to see if they could speak with him or was he just converged upon? Doing a job correctly would have been to get a crisis worker on the line until and family member could have been brought in to speak to them. We have got to start and learn from our mistakes.
  • by anon on Feb 12, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Thank you Deputy. Glad you got to go home without a cut.
  • by stepdad on Feb 12, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    Hey wtin. Thanks for NOT posting my previous comment. Guess its wrong to report reality, thanks again
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      by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM in reply to stepdad
      You're welcome.
  • by You Do The Job! Location: Reality on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    For those of you so quick to criticize this officer for using his firearm, here's a little food for thought; Tasers DO NOT always work. They are designed to disrupt the sensory nerves in the human body and cause a loss of voluntary muscle control. There are however drugs such as PCP and cocaine that can and will cause the brain to counteract the effects of a taser, especially in larger doses. This is a known fact and happens more than most people would think. So before you bash this officer, how about you go out on patrol alone as a deputy for awhile and get an idea of what it's like to respond to a call with an armed individual who's mentally disturbed or strung out on who knows what and have your nearest backup officer five to 20 minutes away in some cases. You people have no idea what it's like to do this job and deal with people who have a total disregard for anything or anyone. Thank you for your service Deputy Thompson. "Some people are meant to be the police, and some people are meant to call them."
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      by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM in reply to You Do The Job!
      Not to say you're incorrect, but can you link me to a professional study that mirrors your claim?
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      by To you do the job on Feb 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM in reply to You Do The Job!
      I just want to say that there is always a know it all in the crowd and you are that guy!
  • by Please and Thank You on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    Ever heard of suicide by Cop.. People intentionally do stuff to get killed by COPs. Apparently this guy didn't want to live.. I would shoot you too if you pulled a knife and came at me.. Applaud the officer for doing the right thing.. So to those you are upset by it.. what if the officer had been killed or injured..and then the idiot turned the knife on himself and killed himself. 2 lives gone...
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      by Please & Thnak You on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM in reply to Please and Thank You
      I don't believe anyone really wants to die or be killed. People use that old verbiage killed by a cop as a crutch. Do you think if this person shot the cop because he was protecting himself it would be applauded.or shot by thug. no, it would be a thug down. The clock swings both ways and no one is any better than anyone else to take another ones life. under the color of law or not. next time don't go alone and take a crisis worker or a family member with you. May have much better results. at least know what you are going after and the frame of mind.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM in reply to Please & Thnak You
        Sooooooo, Let me grab a crisis worker right out of the trunk of my car from the crisis worker section and take the call. Oh wait I dont think crisis workers are issued or right there all the time. Next point, take a family member to a suicidal subject call, Family member for what ever reason gets too close and is killed or taken hostage and a bad situation gets worse and then all you folks that hate the police get to write on this and every other news blog how the police screwed up again and the officer gets sued for any number of things. The officer did his job to the best of his ability wiht the tools and training that was available to him at the split second in time. Now for all you LEO haters please never call 911 again, raise your own children, support your own drug habits, and please take a local thug, rapist, drug dealer, pedophile into your own homes and make them feel loved so they will change there ways. Im sorry the mentally ill individual chose to leave this world but it was not the LEO or anyone elses fault. Rant over. Be a part of the soloution, stop adding to the problem and judging the men and women that are faced with split second life and death decisions that you get to look at from a hundred angles for an unlimited period of time. Good job brother, you went home. Thank you for your service...
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          by yes on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM in reply to
          if that's what it takes, get all your facts together and the necessary people to handle a mental or an out of it citizens. no one says you have to go alone. you gaggle together to eat so why not wait for backup. You are correct in saying it was no ones fault but you know everyone second guesses themselves wondering if they did all they could do. The family member could have talked to the victim on the phone and maybe talked him out no one said she had to be at his front door. The solution is better training for difficult cases. All officers are not perfect and all citizens are not perfect. But police persons feel with a gun and a badge they can do no wrong and this is just not the case. There are many good cops and there are many corrupt ones as well. I'm just saying we all have to learn how to deal with the mentally ill. I have never called 911 and I never intend to. I take care of my own just like the LEO's do. I also can say, Thank you for your service and training and may God Bless us all..
  • by Larry Location: Newport on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    someone died, it doesnt matter why. the truth is we are all gonna die.
  • by Former LEO Location: Hertford on Feb 12, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    21 Foot Rule - The 21 foot rule states that the average person with a knife or sword can get to and cut a person in about the same time that the average person can draw and fire a handgun. In the time it takes the average officer to recognize a threat, draw his sidearm and fire 2 rounds at center mass, an average subject charging at the officer with a knife or other cutting or stabbing weapon can cover a distance of 21 feet.
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