Carthage Officer: 'It Was Very Scary'

The police officer who stopped a man on a shooting rampage in a North Carolina nursing home says he first thought the emergency call was a misunderstanding, but knew it was serious when he saw a car with shattered windows in the parking lot.

Carthage police Officer Justin Garner told NBC's "Today" show on Monday he was scared before he confronted 45-year-old Robert Stewart inside Pinelake Health and Rehab in Carthage on March 29.

The 25-year-old Garner went into the building alone, confronting Stewart when the two saw each in the hallways. Garner shot Stewart in the shoulder after telling him three times to drop his weapon, and Garner was hit twice in the leg.

Eight people were killed. Stewart's estranged wife was working at the nursing home. She survived.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Apr 6, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Kudos to the officer. I just dont understand why guys keep going on these shooting sprees after there wives leave them. They are acting like there wives are the last woman on earth. I love my wife but if something in my relationship were to go south, I do believe I could find another woman. Maybe I should rethink my marriage as I dont love my wife enough to go on a shooting spree if she left me.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    WTG Officer Garner, As a deputy myself i commend you on ur courage and restraint underfire. You are a true hero. Godspeed to a full recovery.
  • by Flicka Location: Somewhere on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    A nursing home? Someone decided to shoot up a nursing? Why? What did the nurses or the old folk do?
  • by Hello Location: NC on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    This officer is to be commended for stopping the gunman before more lives were lost. If Officer Garner remains in this quiet community, he will probably never face this type of situation again…put yourself in his shoes and uniform. I am sure he prays that nothing like this will ever happen again during his law enforcement career. Get over his decision to be interviewed on the Today show because it has nothing to do with his professionalism. His professionalism was displayed in the way he took control of and ended the situation. I pray for your full recovery and future safety, Officer Garner!!
  • by CD Location: Winterville on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    A true professional officer would not be on national or local tv being interviewed about something as tragic and sick as this. This is his job and he performed it according to his training.

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