Residents Say Stakeout Was Scary

Residents forced to stay in their homes during Wednesday night's standoff in Greenville are speaking out about the ordeal.

Kayce Smith lives in the same complex that U.S. Marshals and the Greenville police surrounded. She says she looked out her window and saw U.S. Marshals carrying what appeared to be AK-47s swarming the complex. An hour later she was asked to evacuate.

Law enforcement officials say they used tear gas to get murder suspect Derrick Best out of the attic of an upstairs apartment on Paladin Drive. Best is charged in the murder of three-year-old Princess King on an apartment complex playground in Goldsboro.

Smith says she saw Best several times in the past week and never thought he was the man wanted for the February shooting of King. "I had seen him coming home from I don't know where, with food just taking it upstairs, you know you just kind of wave. Take your dog out and he's out there just standing upstairs smoking a cigarette and you don't think anything of it. I just don't know, it's really scary."

Residents say law enforcement took all the necessary precautions to make sure they were safe and that no one got hurt.

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  • by REM Location: ENC on Mar 18, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    "US Marshalls do not use AK47's" -- some of them do, but not all.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    US Marshalls do not use AK47's
  • by Dave Location: Close by on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    What were they supposed to say, it was a great experience and they had an awesome time?

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