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Suspect on FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list shot and killed at an Apex hotel

Man on FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list shot and killed at an Apex, NC hotel

FBI and Apex Police Department responded to an FBI fugitive staying at the Woodspring Suites in Apex. The suspect, Greg Carlson, was shot and killed. He was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
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FBI and Apex Police Department responded to an FBI fugitive staying at the Woodspring Suites in Apex. The suspect, Greg Carlson, was shot and killed. He was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

A man believed to be one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was shot and killed by an FBI agent at an Apex hotel Wednesday.

An Apex police officer spotted a “suspicious vehicle” with South Carolina plates at the Woodsprings Suites at 901 Lufkin Road in Apex, according to the FBI. The officer linked the car to Greg Carlson, who was wanted in connection with multiple armed sexual assaults in California.

The FBI was notified, leading to the deadly altercation early Wednesday morning. An FBI agent fired one shot inside Carlson’s hotel room, FBI Special Agent John Strong said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

Carlson was reportedly armed, but Strong declined to say whether he fired a weapon.

“What happened here today is not what we want to happen,” Strong said. “We want to capture the individual, give them their day court and bring them to justice. What happened today is unfortunate. ... We feel fortunate that no one else was injured.”

Carlson was charged with burglary, assault with intent to commit rape and assault with a deadly weapon on Sept. 3, 2017, in Los Angeles, but fled after posting bond. He was spotted in areas across the South, including Dayton Beach and Jacksonville, Florida, and Hoover, Alabama, throughout 2017, according to the FBI.

It’s unclear why Carlson was in North Carolina, but the FBI is “not aware” of any crimes he may have committed in the state, Strong said.

Carlson’s most-wanted poster said he may be traveling in a stolen white, four-door rental car with South Carolina license plates. That’s the vehicle an Apex officer saw outside the hotel.

“(The Apex officer) did further investigation and was quickly able to determine through records checks that this vehicle was in fact associated with our top-10 fugitive,” Strong said.

The officer notified other agents within the Apex Police Department and the FBI.

Apex Police Chief John Letteney commended the officer for following proper training to alert others.

“Our Apex Police officers are on 24 hours per day and they are very proactive in our community to uncover crime,” Letteney said. “To prevent, to detect, to deter. And to do all those things our community expects.”

Investigators have linked Carlson through DNA to sexual assaults dating back to 2003, according to information posted on the FBI’s website. He’s one of the few people on the list who is not wanted for murder.

“This man is a woman’s worst nightmare,” FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said on the website. “He is the prowler who breaks in at night and violently sexually assaults his victims.”

He added there are likely more victims and that Carlson demonstrated “a pattern of violent crimes against women stretching over a period of years.”

“Positive identification will come from the medical examiner’s office,” according to the news release. “While this internal review process is occurring, no further comments can be made.”

It is standard FBI procedure for the FBI’s Inspection Division to look into a fatal shooting. The group will determine the “reasonableness of the application of deadly force” in accordance with the Department of Justice’s policies, according to a news release.

The results of that study will be sent to the Wake County District Attorney’s Office and Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Strong said.

Anna Johnson covers Raleigh and Wake County for the News & Observer. She has previously covered city government, crime and business for newspapers across North Carolina and received many North Carolina Press Association awards, including first place for investigative reporting. She is a 2012 alumna of Elon University. Reach her at 919-829-4807 or ajohnson@newsobserver.com.

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