District Attorney Says No Excessive Force Used In Police Death

A district attorney says lawmen acted properly when they shot and killed a Craven County man this summer.

D.A. Scott Thomas issued the report today on the death of Billy Golden, Junior.

Golden was killed after an August car chase. Lawmen said Golden tried to drive his car toward them while they were out of their vehicles. Thomas says two deputies and one state trooper shot at Golden.

His family felt officers used excessive force and that lawmen did not have to shoot the man.

The district attorney says an autopsy showed Golden's blood alcohol content was .21, that's more than twice the legal limit to drive, and that he had cocaine in his system.

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  • by Bill Location: Ernul on Jan 3, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    I'm sorry Mr. Golden was killed. However, his choices forced the law enforcement to do what no man or woman in uniform wants to do. Law enforcement was protecting society from a man who showed no regard for public safety.
  • by Brandi Golden Location: New Bern on Jan 2, 2009 at 12:57 AM
    He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first - John 8:7
  • by Al Location: Greene Co on Jan 1, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    It was a sad day for all involved. Billy Had some issues. Alcohol will do that. I am sorry for his girl and sister . I only ask that they realize he was breaking the law and was using his truck as a DEADLY WEAPON. As a retired police officers son I have seen a lot of my friends who are officers hurt trying to be nice and I have had 2 friends who had to do the same thing to a former friend of mine who was running his truck at them.Their lives were in danger and they did the right thing. Unfortunately Billy died. I hope the family has some peace somewhere somehow!! God bless all that was involved. Lets not forget the officers who will live the rest of their lives seeing this scene over and over at night in their dreams! They will suffer the rest of their lives!
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Jan 1, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    First, I am wan't to say that I am sorry for the lost of a love one. I am thankful that the police did what they had to do. This man could have killed one or many people. I am glad the police were cleared in this situation. Police are sometimes put in a split decision to make and sometimes it may end in death.
  • by TJ Location: eastern nc on Jan 1, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    to Classmate: Well said. Very well said.
  • by Classmate on Jan 1, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    Tiffiney: I would like to let you know I have thought about Frank often since his death. My sympathy and prayers continue to go out for your family, almost daily. I know that it has been hard, and will continue to be hard. People can be very judgmental, But just know that the Good Lord above, will never put more on us, than we can handle. Just give it to him. Don't harden your heart at the ludicrous remarks of some people. I went to the same school (WC) as you and Frank, he was a year older, and I think you were maybe 2 under me. Just to give you an idea of what class I was in. I believe that when a person dies, they die for a reason. Maybe to help someone in the same situation; maybe to bring someone to know the Lord, etc. I sincerely hope that someone can learn something from Frank’s death. Drugs are running rampant in our society, as is depression a major issue. Sin is taking over, in all forms. We all need to wake up. We are none immune from what Frank went through himself. Let us all learn from his mistakes, and not make them ourselves. God Bless you and your Family.
  • by Officer's Sister Location: G'ville on Jan 1, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    I do want to send my sympathy to the family of this man, however, I must also say, as the sister of a police officer, that I'm sure these officers are dealing with issues from this matter. The last thing an officer wants to do is take another human life. That is something no one can easily get over, even if it is in self-defense. Officers do try everything else at their disposal before they take a life. Tiffiney, hold onto the good memories of your brother. I truly am sorry for your loss.
  • by NC LEO on Jan 1, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    To Tiffiny: I understand that your family is reeling from the loss of a loved one. You have my sympathy. However, your loved one made a choice...to try to run over some police officers. (whose only goal was to take someone who was breaking the law into custody) As law enforcement officers, we are trained that when using deadly force, you shoot until the threat of deadly force against you or another innocent is stopped. Whether that takes one shot or fifty. UNTIL THE THREAT IS STOPPED. Think back to the infamous LA Bank shootout in the 90s. It only took one bullet to kill each of the shooters. However, many rounds were fired at them in an attempt to STOP THE THREAT. Those guys wore body armor. Your loved one had a vehicle protecting him instead. Grieve for your loved one and celebrate the good parts of his life. But, don't blame the police for your brother's poor choices. We are dealt and hand and have to play it whether we like it or not. You should think about the officers' feelings.
  • by The PoPo Location: Greenville on Jan 1, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    With all of these comments left by the alleged family it is not hard to see why this situation turned out like it did. Personal accountability goes a LONG ways people! The ONLY and I mean ONLY bad decision made was when Mr.Golden decided to get in his vehicle and drive after drinking and doing cocaine followed by the DECISION to run from Law Enforcement! People think that we have MAGICAL bullets that we can fire ONE shot and it ends everything! People wake up and smell the coffee! If it took him being shot 8 times to stop him, then so be it! He could have VERY WELL killed MY WIFE AND CHILD all while he decided to run! If Law enforcement had of let him continue on his destructive path and he eventually killed someone we would ALL be singing a different tune! "Why didnt the police stop him, why didnt the police do that" Bottom line people, Mr. Golden CHOSE how he WANTED it to end!! He could have simply PULLED OVER and it would have be OVER..
  • by sad on Dec 31, 2008 at 10:15 PM
    i really sympathize with the family of this man, i have several relatives that could BE this person, making bad choices and ending up in the morgue for it. i think that the reason the man may have been shot so many times is that he was shot by three different people who were shooting to kill (2-3 shots)lest they be killed. its extremely unfortunate and tragic, and i wouldnt trade places with this family for the world--you have my sympathy.

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