RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An armed man died after an officer-involved shooting near a shopping center off of Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said.
Police received a 911 call around 3 p.m. that a man with a gun was acting strangely outside the Big Lots on Glenwood Avenue.
“We watched a man standing by a trash can and a gun fell out of his shirt. He looked around and he picked it up. He started staring at us and he stuck it back in his jacket,” the 911 caller told the dispatcher.
The caller described the man as an older African American male wearing a gold jacket and a toboggan.
An officer responded and approached the man in the area of 3800 Pleasant Valley Road. Pleasant Valley Road has since re-opened after the shooting.
“He ran from the officer and during the pursuit the individual produced a weapon. The officer discharged his handgun and the individual was struck several times,” Deck-Brown said.
Police say the man, later identified as Keith Dutree Collins, was rushed to the hospital where he died.
“We went outside to look, saw a guy on the ground and the cops around him,” witness Daniel Hodges told CBS 17.
Deck-Brown says investigators found a weapon at the scene, which was near the Piney Grove AME Church.
The officer involved was wearing a body camera. Deck-Brown said Raleigh police plan to petition for the release of the footage.
“Situations like this are always difficult for all of us. They are difficult for the officers, they are difficult for the families. As I stand here as chief, it’s difficult for me as part of the community,:” said Deck-Brown.
People who live along Pleasant Valley Drive told CBS17 they heard multiple gunshots in rapid succession.
“I was afraid that I would get hit by a random bullet. I was really scared about that,” said witness Barbara Humphrey.
One woman, who asked not to be identified, said the shooting happened around the time that children get off the school bus in the neighborhood.
“Bullets don’t have names on them and I just thought about the kids out here. It’s a very populated area around this time,” she said.
Part of Pleasant Valley Road between Glenwood Avenue and West Millbrook Road remained closed into the evening as officers investigated.
“If you could hear that sound of the gunshots, you just want to know what happened,” said one witness.
Deck-Brown says the SBI is handling the investigation and will report its findings directly to the Wake County District Attorney.
As per protocol RPD’s Office of Professional standards conducting the review, and the officer involved was placed on administrative duty.
Deck-Brown asked anyone who witnessed the shooting or might have additional information to call the Raleigh Police Department or the SBI.
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