Havelock Firefighter Remembered After Deadly Shooting

The State Bureau of Investigation and Swansboro Police continue the investigation into the shooting death of 27-year-old Austin Zundel. He was shot and killed after an altercation with Adam Stock, an off duty law enforcement officer. Zundel, a former marine, was a Havelock firefighter.

Flags flew at half staff Monday at the Havelock Fire Department in honor of Zundel who many firefighters say had a great personality. It was a somber day for many who worked alongside the former marine.

Officials say they received a 911 phone call Thursday February 17th that Zundel had been walking around a Swansboro neighborhood firing a gun before he was shot and killed.

The Pitt County Medial Examiner's Office says Zundel died from multiple gunshot wounds and listed his death as a homicide

Zundel was in school to become a paramedic

"He was a great guy. He was a good employee. Always here always willing to help out and that's what our job is helping people in need," said Havelock Fire and Rescue Department Chief Rick Zaccardelli.

The SBI is investigating the shooting to see if it was justified or not. It will be up to the district attorney to decide if there will be charges filed in the case.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday at the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department.


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  • by mac Location: williamston n.c. on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    thanks to the family for a great person in all lives he touched.the will come out in the end
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Feb 22, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Anon, how do you know a crime was committed against him? Were you there? Did you miss the part of the story that states he was possibly shooting a gun in a neighborhood?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Rest in peace. Thank you for your work as a military man and as a fire fighter. I hope you get justice for the crime that was committed against you.
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