Wake sheriff's deputy shoots and kills woman in Raleigh

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 17, 2013 

Photo of Misty Michelle Mullins who was fatally shot early on Friday May 17, 2013 by a Wake sheriff's deputy. The deputy said he shot Mullins after she continued to toward deputies when he used his Taser three times to subdue her.


— A Wake County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a woman early Friday afternoon when she threatened him and other deputies with a knife or machete.

Misty Michelle Mullins, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to sheriff’s spokesman James Stevens.

Around 11:45 a.m., a caller to 911 reported a woman was breaking into a home at 6232 Melbourne Road, off Simpkins Road near Lake Wheeler.

“The caller said a white female had broken into her residence and was threatening to kill her with a three-pronged gardening tool,” Stevens said.

When deputies arrived at the address, and the caller told the deputies Mullins was gone and had managed to break in to the home next door at 6222 Melbourne Road, Stevens said.

The deputies learned that Mullins was in violation of a domestic violence restraining order filed by Mullins’ boyfriend, Luis R. Hernandez, who lives at that address. State records show Mullins also resided at the address when she was charged on April 25 with simple assault and charged again on April 29 with injury to personal property.

She was scheduled to appear in Wake District Court on June 4 on all three charges.

Deputies went to the home and tried to persuade Mullins to come out, but she refused and the deputies forced their way in.

Once inside, Mullins confronted the deputies with a “knife or machete,” Stevens said. As she moved towards them, the deputies deployed Tasers, striking her three times, to try to subdue her.

“But she continued to advance, and one of the officers fired his weapon,” Stevens said.

The deputy who fired his weapon, Gabriel Romero, has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation of the incident by the State Bureau of Investigation, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting, Stevens said.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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