Report released on bank hostage situation

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February 17, 2011 9:24:38 AM PST
Police have released an incident report on a hostage situation inside a bank in Cary last Thursday.

Click here to read the report (.pdf)

Officers shot and killed 19-year-old Devon Mitchell after he came out the front door of the bank with what appeared to be a gun pointed at the head of a hostage. He also appeared to be using the woman as a human shield.

That happened approximately three hours after a standoff began at the Wachovia branch located at 10050 Green Level Church Road in Cary.

Town of Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said Mitchell convinced both officers and the hostages that he had a gun, but it turned out he did not.

The incident report said the weapon used in the crime was a “fictitious gun,” but no further description was given.

Bazemore said previously that it was not clear what, if anything, Mitchell had hidden in a hat when he appeared to be pointing a gun at the hostages.

In a news conference on Sunday, Bazemore declined to name the hostages, saying their names would be made public when the official report was complete.

When the report was released on Thursday, the names of the four women and three men who were victims had been intentionally blacked-out.

The report also listed several items that were seized as part of the investigation, but it did not identify to whom those items belonged.

The items seized were a Jansport book bag, books, Nike tennis shoes, a document with writing, paper currency, Miss Bisson shoes and a Vera Bradley purse.

No officers were hurt in the incident. Four Cary Police officers and one Wake County deputy were involved in shooting Mitchell. The officers involved were identified as Senior Officer Ricky Burch, 45, Sgt. Rick Glancy, 42, Senior Officer Irvin Leggett, 42, and Master Patrol Officer Chris Redig, 31. The Wake deputy was identified as Brad Manville. They were placed on routine administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews the shooting.

Bazemore said her officers did what they were trained to do and what they were expected to do.

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