Wake County

One dead in officer-involved shooting in Cary

A man died overnight after an officer-involved shooting overnight in Cary, a town spokeswoman said Sunday morning.

Police responded to a call about a burglary in progress on the 200 block of Firetree Lane at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, according to Carrie Roman with the Town of Cary, and arrested a suspect.

“While taking the suspect into custody, shots were fired, and the suspect was injured,” Roman said in a press release.

She said the suspect was taken to the hospital and died.

Cary police as of Sunday evening have not said whether the suspect had a gun or assaulted officers. Town officials say they are working to identify the suspect and notify the family.

A Cary police officer, speaking on camera with ABC11, said officers found the suspect “a block or two away” from the reported burglary. He said officers tried to take him into custody, but “during that time shots were fired, the suspect was hit.”

No police officer was hurt, the officer said.

Cary police Sunday evening released the 911 call from the house that was burglarized. In it, two women are hiding in the closet from a man who broke in.

The woman on the phone says the other woman saw the burglar and they hid in an upstairs closet. The women are heard whispering and trying to stay quiet, as they still think the man is in the home while they talk to the 911 dispatcher.

The dispatcher told the women police found someone running from the home and had them stay hidden until officers found the suspect.

Roman said the town will investigate what happened in the shooting and has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to also look into what happened Sunday morning. It is customary for the SBI to investigate officer-involved shootings.

The officer has been placed on “alternative assignment status,” according to the town spokeswoman.

Roman said police expect to release another update Monday morning.

Duncan: 919-829-4880, @duncanreporting

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