FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fayetteville police said officers were involved in a deadly shooting Friday night with a “suicidal” person who had two knives.
The incident was reported along Hickory View Court, which is in a mobile home community just off Pritchett Road south of Cliffdale Road, according to a Fayetteville police officer.
The incident happened just before 7:40 p.m., when Fayetteville police were sent to a home in the 600 block of Hickory View Court about an armed suicidal subject, a Fayetteville police news release said.
When officers arrived on the scene they found a man behind a mobile home armed with two knives, the news release and police said.
“Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department discharged their weapon, fatally striking the subject based on the threat encountered,” police said in the news release.
The police at the scene — a sergeant and four officers — at first tried to convince the armed person to put down the knives, but he did not, police said in the news conference.
A taser was used on the suspect, but he “fought through” the taser and “got back on his feet,” said Fayetteville Assistant Police Chief Kem Braden.
The officers then opened fire on the suspect, officials said. It’s not known how many officers fired at the suspect, according to police.
Police identified the man who died as 40-year-old Justin Livesay.
The location appears to be in a mobile home development called Cross Creek Pond.
Alexandria Douglas, whose mother lives a few houses away from where the incident happened, said she panicked when her mom told her she heard several gun shots.
“The first thing I though about was my mother because she’s all alone,” said Douglas. “Just the fact that it happened so close to home–a shooting– and I know kids will be running out here… I knew it had to be something serious.”
Neighbors told CBS17 News that Livesay had recently moved to the area and mostly kept to himself.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the SBI at 1-800-334-3000, Fayetteville Police Detective J. Nevitt at (910) 703-3499, or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting this website and completing the anonymous online tip sheet, or by downloading the FREE “P3 Tips” app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.