Reports differ on cop shooting Fayetteville teen

Reports differ on cop shooting Fayetteville teen

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Shaqur McNair (photo provided by family) Shaqur McNair (photo provided by family)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Police and family members gave conflicting reports Monday of an incident that left a teen dead in Fayetteville.

Police said Shaqur McNair, 16, had a stolen 9mm semi-automatic handgun in his possession at the time he was shot Sunday. Police said Monday that the gun had been reported stolen out of South Carolina in February 2012.

Officer Christopher Hunt, 27, responded to a domestic dispute call at a home on Bertram Place around 6 p.m. Sunday. Hunt was actually the second officer to respond, but he arrived at the home alone because the first officer was meeting the initial caller in a different location.

Hunt arrested the older son of Alfricka Bennett, who was accused of assaulting his baby's mother. Police chief Harold Medlock said Bennett interested with the officer and struck the officer in the head.

Medlock said Bennett, 39, then ran from Hunt as he tried to arrest her for assault and wound up in a scuffle on the ground.

Neighbor Jihya Nesmith said Bennett ran into his front yard.

"I saw her trip over my flower bed there in the front yard. When she tripped the cop told her to get down, and that's when Shaqur, Shaqur's little sister, and Shaqur's little brother tried to run up on the cop to protect their mamma," Nesmith said.

Medlock said during that time, several people who were in the yard gathered around Hunt and the woman.

They backed away when Hunt told them to move back, with the exception of McNair, Medlock said.

Medlock said Shaqur McNair didn't back off when Hunt told him to stay back.

"The young man pulled his shirt up with his left hand. There was a handgun in the waistband. The young man began to draw that handgun out. Officer Hunt fired at least three rounds," Medlock said.

But Bennett said McNair did not have a gun. And Nesmith, 15, said the same.

Hunt was placed on administrative leave after the shooting.

"He was just pulling his pants up because his hands were like this. He was just pulling his pants up, and that's when he shot him and he fell back," Nesmith said.

"They ran up to try and protect their mamma, and the cop just shot Shaqur three times."

McNair died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Bennett has been charged with assault on a government official for the assault against Hunt.

The State Bureau of Investigation is now doing an external investigation of what happened. Medlock said he has sent out a directive that his officers should not go to domestic scenes alone.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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