Man killed in Fayetteville police shooting

The scene near Sycamore Court. (Joey McDonald/CBS North Carolina)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville police said the man who barricaded himself in an apartment building on Sycamore Court has died after an officer-involved shooting.

Patrick Earl Gatson

No police officers were injured in the incident, authorities said.

Police attempted to contact Patrick Earl Gatson, 32, earlier Thursday morning in connection with warrants for common law robbery and felony possession of stolen goods. Gatson refused to open his door, sparking the standoff.

Interim Chief Anthony Kelly said he didn’t know the extent of the man’s injuries.

Gatson had a rifle, but it isn’t yet clear whether he fired at officers, Kelly said. Officers fired both less-than-lethal rubber bullets and standard rounds at Gatson.

When officers approached Gatson’s apartment, he went up through his ceiling and into the apartment building’s shared attic in an attempt to evade him, Kelly said.

“About three apartments down, a young lady came out of her apartment and said somebody just fell through her roof,” Interim Chief Anthony Kelly said earlier in the day.

Officers searched the building’s attic without success, before an officer went into an apartment and found the man, who was armed, according to police. The officer ran away, and the man retreated into the apartment after another officer fired at him, police said. Officers then broke a window, which led to a final confrontation in which they fired first rubber bullets and then standard ammunition, according to authorities.

When police told Gatson to put his weapon down, he replied that officers would have to kill him to end the situation, police officials speaking after the incident said.

The State Bureau of Investigation confirmed that it has been asked to investigate the shooting, as is standard in such cases.

The common law robbery occurred on March 14 along the 700 block of Ramsey Street, police said.
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