Man dead following officer involved shooting

(Lou Guilette)
April 18, 2012 2:14:58 PM PDT
ABC11 has learned two police officers were involved in a shooting at a mobile home park in Fayetteville early Tuesday morning that left one man dead.

It happened just after 2 a.m. in the 1500 block of Blan Street in the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park near Murchison Road.

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Authorities were called to the scene after some partygoers allegedly got into an altercation and shots were fired near a home with young children inside.

When they arrived, authorities said the alleged gunman attempted to flee the scene. They said the suspect hit an officer's car and attempted to run over the officer who was standing outside his vehicle.

According to the Fayetteville Police Department, the officer ordered the suspect to stop and had to take cover.

The officer fired at the suspect's vehicle which came to rest on property nearby. Police said the suspect was discovered dead inside the car with a handgun in his lap.

The suspect was later identified as 26-year-old Roman Drake.

The mother of his youngest child told ABC11 that she, Drake, two of his children, and another mother and her child were inside their home on Blan Street when a drive-by shooter opened fire.

Crystal Moore said they then left with all the children, fearing for their safety, but Drake later returned to the home.

"I took my baby and got in the closet," she said. "[Drake] got up. That's when I got up and noticed nobody was out there. I got the kids up and took them to my daughter's house. I don't know why he came back here ... I thought he went to his mom's house and we were already at my daughter's house."

Moore disputed the police's version of what happened.

"He was drunk," she said. "He could barely walk! He was falling over, so I don't understand how he could have an altercation with the police. He could barely move."

Moore also said Drake did not own a gun like the one described by police.

"9mm ... he doesn't have [one]," she said. "So I don't know where they got that from."

Meanwhile, police have identified the officers involved in the incident as 34-year-old Patrol Officer Jonathon Fisher and 40-year-old Patrol Officer Sheila Thomas.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure in an officer involved shooting.

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