Police: Extreme Caution Used In Best Arrest To Avoid Violence

A stakeout that ended peacefully in Greenville with a murder suspect in handcuffs was an operation that all came together in one day, according to Greenville Police Chief William Anderson.

Anderson said the arrest Wednesday night of Derrick Best came after a tip to America's Most Wanted. He says Greenville Police and the U.S. Marshals had to take every step with caution so the situation would not turn violent.

Best is accused of shooting and killing three-year-old Princess King while she was playing on a playground in her neighborhood in Goldsboro on February 27.

Police weren't taking any chances once they realized where Best was. Anderson says, "The possibility of a high powered weapon being involved in this case any type of these situations we activate our emergency response team that are specially trained in these types of situation in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals."

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  • by Curious on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    So, shouldn't this be considered overtime pay for the officers who put their lives on the line. Probably not....leadership in this city fails to recognize the premium value that emergency personnel bring to the community. If that value does comes at a premium, then so be it. I would rather have the city pay OT to compensate them for the premium and exemplary level of service provide, than to see my city streets vacant of emergency personnel because they have all been required to take their time back and can't work at all. Wake up Greenville and pay our emergency personnel what they deserve, so that they can keep our streets safe from riff-raff such as this!

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