Firefighter To Be Laid To Rest Thursday

Services for a Havelock firefighter killed last Thursday in Swansboro will be held Thursday at a fire station.

Austin Zundel was shot and killed by an off duty police officer after 911 received calls of someone firing a gun in a subdivision. Officials say Adam Stock, a reserve officer with the Onslow County Sheriff Department and contract instructor at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Academy, shot Zundel after an altercation.

The visitation for Zundel was scheduled for Wednesday night at Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro. A memorial service will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Havelock West End Fire/Rescue Station.

The SBI is investigating the shooting to see if it was justified or not. It will be up to the district attorney to decide whether any charges will be brought.

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We're getting a better idea of the the moments leading up to a fatal shooting in Swansboro Thursday night involving an off duty law enforcement officer that left a former marine and firefighter dead. Several calls were made to 911that night, including from neighbors and even the victims wife.

The first call to 911 Thursday night made reference to what authorities believe was 27-year old Austin Zundel shooting a gun in the Swansboro neighborhood where he lived. Moments later his wife made a frantic call herself to 911.

"My husband has a gun he is firing shots inside the… outside the house."

Still not sure of exactly what's going on, other neighbors start calling 911, saying men are running around the neighborhood with shotguns shooting at each other.

Officials identified the officer involved as 44-year-old Adam Stock, a reserve officer with the Onslow County Sheriff Department and contract instructor at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Academy. The SBI is investigating the shooting to see if it was justified or not. It will be up to the district attorney to decide whether any charges will be brought because of the shooting.

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  • by Spanky on Feb 24, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    Must be a "crazie" for I did not go to work in law enforcment for the money. If your interest is in making lots of money, you had better keep looking elsewhere for a job. Spent a lot of time defusing tense situations with guns involved. Many times it was my fellow LEOs that I had to defuse. When the social psychology and peer pressure came into play, things went from crazy to corrupt far too often.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    Anonymous@12:13: you my friend are another idiot. The police don't need any other interest than their taser and a gun. They dont have time to think about the situation and which "weapon" of choice to use. My husband is a police officer and he doesn't make enough for stupid people. SHOOT EM! police don't get enough respect...and they sure don't get PAID enbough to deal with the crazies.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    Mental lapse or not, PTSD or not (and I live with someone with PTSD soI don't take it lightly) If it was your family he was endangering would you have wanted them to let him keep shooting? I hate that this man had to die, but even his wife was scared of him that night (per the 911 calls he had a gun in a state of rage) you can not reason with someone at that point and the officer had to do what he had to do to protect everyone. I do truly pray for both families as this is an awful tragic situation. I for one am grateful that these LEOs put their lives on the line for me and my family everyday and would never take away their right to defend themselves. The criminals would love knowing that they had the power to kill LEO and LEO couldn't fight back. It only takes a second... one shot to kill someone if we start playing around with this non-lethal stuff in deadly situation we are going to lose a lot of LEO... You don't take knives or in this case bean bags to a gun fight
  • by Nancy Location: Cedar Rapids, Ia on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    Rest in peace Austin. God Bless You
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    There are many less than lethal was to subdue a person nowadays. What has become obvious is that cops today do not have enough interest in such methods. Is it any wonder so many police personnel are being shot at in the streets.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    Who in Jesus's name started the bean bag conversation? And just how crazy are you? I really hope you are not being serious. If so, then YOU are a fine example of how messed up this world is getting.
  • by Michelle Location: Greenville on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    Again, this is a no win situation. Everyone here loses. How sad, how very, very sad.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    LB, excellent observations! What people fail to realize is Law Enforcement as a whole cannot begin to approach Deadly force situations and be restricted to using non-lethal force. The bad guys, the crazy guys, and the scared guys would have a FIELD day! You couldn't talk ANYONE into being LEO with that kind of death wish looming over their head, it is bad enough as it is. I agree though, maybe they should stick their head out the door and offer to make him feel warm and fuzzy with love and cuddles, all while he is shooting a shotgun through the neighborhood. It is quite obvious that SOMETHING was going on with this guy, his wife seemed concerned. But alas, people have to add their flair of drama to it, makes them feel important in their tiny little world.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    You all kill me with the "$24.19" for bean bag rounds.. Right, now multiply that time X amount of officers, and then throw in the same amount of shotguns, because most departments have gone away from them due to their limitations and the risk of collateral damage. Then you have to provide training to those officers, so double the amount of rounds originally added, throw in maintenance of the shotguns, and then add the liability risk of the Department being sued when the beanbags are used appropriately, which is in a NON-LETHAL situation. I would throw the shotgun and bean bag rounds in the Tar River if we were "told" that we had to use them before protecting ourselves or someone else before we could use live ammo.. That is suicide, I prefer to go home instead.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    Anonymous at 9:04PM, Would you be willing to get within 20 yards of a ARMED individual and try firing a bean bag at him first? If so, knock yourself out..

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