CARY, N.C. (AP) — A burglary suspect spotted sneaking into a suburban North Carolina home in the middle of the night was fatally shot by a police officer early Sunday, authorities said.
A woman who said she was watching TV because she couldn’t sleep said she heard a door close, and then spotted a man walking around inside the home around 2:30 a.m.
She managed to slip into a bedroom to warn another woman in the home, and they called 911 from inside a closet.
“I was out on the couch, watching a TV show on Netflix, and I heard this door that leads into the house open and close,” said the woman, whose name was deleted from the police record of the call. “I looked over the balcony and I saw someone.”
About 11 minutes into the call, the 911 operator tells the women to stay in the closet, because a man ran from the house as officers arrived.
Officers found the suspect a few blocks away and were trying to arrest him when one officer shot the man, Cary spokeswoman Carrie Roman said in a news release.
The city did not say why the officer decided to fire his gun or whether the suspect was armed. He died a short time later at the hospital. The women and the officers were not injured.
Some information was erased from the 911 call and it wasn’t clear if the women knew the man who broke in.
The officer who fired has been taken off patrol as the State Bureau of Investigation investigates.
None of the names of the people involved were released.
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