Wake deputies fatally shoot man

Staff ReportsApril 8, 2009 

Wake sheriff's deputies shot and killed an armed man at a mobile home in Willow Spring this morning, Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

The sheriff's office announced this afternoon that the man was Michael Harrison Andrews, 21, of 2809 Green Clover Drive, in Willow Spring.

The deputies involved in the shooting are Scott Earp and Jeffrey Minschew. Earp was originally hired Sept. 22, 1995. He resigned in May, 2003, but was rehired Nov. 16, 2005, according to the sheriff's office.

Minschew has been on the force since Nov. 10, 1999.

Harrison said he did not know whether Earp and Minschew, both members of the department's Special Response Team, both fired their weapons or how many times Andrews was struck.

The episode began about 5 a.m. when a deputy responded to a complaint about loud music at 2809 Green Clover Drive in Willow Spring, Harrison said. There, the deputy found Andrews inside a vehicle with the music blaring.

Andrews told the deputy he had a gun, and the deputy retreated, Harrison said. The deputy then spotted the weapon and called for backup.

Members of the Special Response team arrived and tried for an hour and a half to persuade Andrews, who walked into and out of the mobile home, to give up his gun, Harrison said. "An altercation" followed, Harrison said, and Andrews was shot. He died on the scene.

Harrison said he had turned the investigation over to the State Bureau of Investigation, which was interviewing Earp and Minschew.

He said he did not know whether Andrews had fired at the deputies. Andrews apparently had been drinking, Harrison said.

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