When To Use Deadly Force

When Cary police shot and killed a man who robbed a bank, claiming to be armed but later discovered without a gun, it highlighted the split-second decisions police have to make.

Jacksonville SWAT team commander Major Patrick Traitor, while not commenting specifically on the Cary incident, says trying to relieve a hostage situation requires a lot of training and the information provided is what they go by. "We have to operate on the information that we have available to us at the moment and that's all that we can do. We certainly go through great lengths to identify whether a suspect is armed or what their potential, but at the end of the day we have to protect ourselves and we also have to protect the citizens."

The teenager shot and killed in the Cary bank robber told hostage takers and negotiators that he had a gun. Based on that information, Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore says officers acted appropriately.


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