911 call alerted police to standoff

February 7, 2012 7:15:50 PM PST
A disturbing 911 call has shed more light on a standoff with police that ended with a man taking his own life Monday night in Brier Creek.

Listen to the 911 call here (.wav) (Call may contain strong language.)

The call revealed more about what led 48-year-old Steven Meyer to get into a standoff with police and even at one point, fire at officers attempting to get into his apartment at the Colonial Grand at Brier Creek Place.

"I have a client named Steven G. Meyer. He came in today and he said that he wanted to OD by heroin and had some means for pure heroin. He said, 'not to send the police' -- 'you know I hate police,' and that he would fight them," said Meyer's psychologist to 911 dispatchers. "He talked about wanting to strap a bomb to himself and go to the city center and take them out. He stated he wanted to f*** people over including himself."

"I think he has access to guns," said the psychologist. "He just left my office. I am terrified. He has nothing to lose. He's lost his job. He's lost his marriage."

Within minutes of those words, Meyer locked himself inside his third floor apartment in the 9300-block of Bothwell Street. When a police tactical team tried to break in around 7:30 p.m., Meyer fired back.

Thirty-year-old Raleigh Officer Adam Young was hit three times and rushed to WakeMed.

Listen to the police radio call here (.wav)

"The door up here is barricaded," said an officer on the scene. "It's only open about three inches. Several shots through the door, though."

The stand-off ended 12-hours after it began later when officers launched tear gas through a window. Once inside, officers immediately found Meyer inside dead from a self-inflicted gun wound.

Young was taken to WakeMed. Police said Tuesday he was "recovering well" after being shot three times. Young was hit under the arm, in the leg, and once in his bulletproof vest.

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