Warrant: Man deputies shot was suicidal

Staff WriterApril 15, 2009 

A man shot and killed by Wake County deputies last week had said he wanted to die, according to a search warrant made public Tuesday.

The search warrant application by a State Bureau of Investigation agent said Michael Harrison Andrews, 21, raised a handgun toward deputies, who shot him.

The events of last Wednesday began about 5 a.m., the warrant said, when Deputy J. Willis went to the trailer park where Andrews lived at 2809 Green Clover Drive in Willow Spring.

Willis had been dispatched to a call about loud music and was confronted by Andrews. "The victim was belligerent and voiced that he was armed and the deputy needed to leave," the warrant said. "... several more deputies arrived on scene. The victim stated he wanted to end his life and was continually walking from the interior doorway of his residence to the stoop area."

The warrant said Special Response Team deputies talked with Andrews for longer than 90 minutes. As they started to evacuate neighboring homes, the warrant said, "the victim was observed raising the gun towards the SRT deputies. SRT Deputies [Scott] Earp and [Jeffrey Minschew] fired and struck the victim while he was in the front doorway of his residence."

The SBI is investigating Andrews' death, which is standard procedure in shootings by officers. Items seized by the agents at Andrews' home included photographs, a knife, an air pistol, prescription medications, pills and jewelry.

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