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Man shot, killed when Cumberland County deputies try to serve warrants

10-24-2014 North Carolina:

A man was shot and killed by a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy Friday when the deputy tried to serve a warrant.

Deputies stopped a vehicle at 11:53a.m. near the Sonic Drive-In at 5938 Cliffdale Road, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. When deputies approached the vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant, they saw that the driver had a knife or some type of straight-edged weapon.

The man, who has not been identified by authorities, became confrontational and did not obey the deputies' commands, the Sheriff's Office said. When he started cutting his arms and neck, deputies stunned him with a Taser gun.

The Taser reportedly had no effect. While deputies struggled with the man, one of them shot him.

One of the deputies suffered a minor injury to his hand.

The deputies have not been identified.

Ronnie Mitchell, the lawyer for the Sheriff's Office, said the man was a sex offender.

Sheriff Moose Butler said he asked the Fayetteville Police Department to take over the investigation because a deputy was involved. The State Bureau of Investigation also was called, which is standard for officer-involved shootings.

The Sheriff's Office will conduct an internal investigation into the shooting, according to the statement.

The restaurant and a field next door were blocked off with crime scene tape Friday afternoon as several dozen police officers and sheriff's deputies worked in the area.

Four Fayetteville police cars, two Sheriff's Office sport utility vehicles and about 10 unmarked law enforcement cars were parked in the field.

Investigators put up a tent near the driver's-side door of a small white car in the Sonic parking lot. The passenger's side door was open.

A dark gray sedan with the driver's-side door open was sitting near the white car. A burgundy pickup was behind the white car.

A silver pickup and a burgundy SUV sat in parking spaces nearby. ..Source.. by Nancy McCleary

Man shot and killed by police at Fayetteville Sonic restaurant was wanted for sex crimes

Authorities say a man shot and killed by a Cumberland County deputy Friday was a sex offender who did not register and was wanted for sex offenses in Durham County.

Investigators identified the man killed at a fast-food restaurant as 38-year-old Brian Burch.

It happened just before noon at the Sonic Drive-In restaurant in the 5900 block of Cliffdale Road.

Two Cumberland County deputies were involved in the shooting while issuing an arrest warrant, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators said the deputies were conducting a traffic stop at the Sonic. When they approached the driver, they said he was cutting his arms and neck with a knife or a similar weapon.

The deputies then tried to use a Taser on the man, but authorities said it had no effect. As they got into a fight trying to arrest him, a spokeswoman said the man cut the deputies. That prompted one deputy to open fire, shooting at least once, and killing the man.

One deputy sustained a minor hand injury.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office lawyer Ronnie Mitchell told The Fayetteville Observer ( ) that Burch was on a fugitive list and a federal agent was trying to help the deputy arrest him.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, which is standard in officer-involved deaths. ..Source.. by

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