Fayetteville officer found dead was subject of criminal investigation

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Fayetteville police officer who was the subject of a criminal investigation for crimes involving a child was found dead over the weekend, police said.

According to police, the department received a criminal complaint Jan. 25 against an officer involving a person the officer knew personally.

The SBI said Wade Lane Lee Jr., 31, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on an interstate median.

Once they were made aware of the complaint, the department’s Youth Services Unit began a criminal investigation and the Internal Affairs Unit initiated a criminal investigation, police said.

As a result of the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the officer.

On Jan. 27, the officer was found dead outside of the department’s jurisdiction, police said.

The death is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Police said in a statement to CBS 17 that they will not be releasing further information on the case because it may revictimize the child.

One of the major priorities of the Fayetteville Police Department has been, and continues to be, to focus on not revictimizing complainants and victims by publicizing details surrounding their strength and courage to report such activities to us.

Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, and to avoid revictimizing the juvenile victim, we are not releasing additional details at this time. We continue to provide victim services to the victim and the victim’s family during this time.”

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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