One man killed in Raleigh police officer-involved shooting
A 30-year-old man was killed in an officer-involved shooting Saturday night in Raleigh at a shopping center off New Bern Avenue.
Raleigh police identified the man Sunday as Soheil Antonio Mojarrad, 30, of Raleigh but have declined to describe what led up to the shooting.
The Raleigh police officer, W.B. Edwards, was wearing a body camera at the time, but it had not been activated, police said in a press release.
The shooting happened after 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of North Rogers Lane, in a shopping center anchored by a Food Lion store.
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Police provided no further details about the shooting on Sunday, but said they will review “other video related to the incident,” according to the news release.
A call to Raleigh police seeking further details was not returned.
The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings. The SBI will submit findings to the Wake County District Attorney.
They also will “investigate the actions of Mr. Mojarrad leading up to the shooting,” the release said.
Mojarrad was convicted of a drug paraphernalia charge in 2012 and sentenced to probation, prison records show. He had a May 1 court date in Wake County on charges of resisting a public officer and public disturbance, according to court records.
His record in Wake County shows a long list of misdemeanor charges dating back to 2009, including simple assault, misdemeanor larceny and second-degree trespassing. The most recent arrest, in January, came at 1030 Rogers Lane, which is the address for the shopping center where Mojarrad was killed.
Records in Flagler County, Fla., show him charged with resisting an officer and shoplifting in 2009.
A police report from Asheville in 2012 said Mojarrad was walking on Haywood Street when he “for an unknown reason fell” into the street and under the tire of a passing car. He suffered life-threatening injuries and had been reported as a missing person at the time of the incident.
Saturday night, investigators concentrated around the eastern edge of the shopping center near the Overtime Sports Pub.
The pub’s ownership released a statement on Facebook late Saturday after the shooting:
“Although RPD will not give us much information at this time, Dan the owner of Overtime Sports Pub would like everyone to know that this incident was not related to our establishment in any way. All of our customers and staff are safe and uninvolved. It is very unfortunate this situation took place so close to our pub.”
He could not be reached Sunday.