Raleigh, N.C. — The Raleigh Police Department said Saturday that a man shot and killed by police in southeast Raleigh was throwing “incendiary weapons” believed to be Molotov cocktails at police vehicles and officers prior to the shooting.
The shooting occurred at the Raleigh Police Southeast District Saturday afternoon.
Part of Rock Quarry Road was blocked off before 2 p.m. for multiple police units at the scene, which is not far from Southeast Raleigh High School.
Police said officers observed the suspect throwing what they believed to be Molotov cocktails at police vehicles in the parking lot of the Raleigh Police Southeast District station.
Police said at least 2 vehicles were caught on fire.
Raleigh Police Chief Estella D. Patterson said the suspect was told to stop multiple times but continued.
“The individual continued to throw multiple Molotov cocktails in the parking lot and eventually towards our officers who were there and eventually did throw one to officers who were in close proximity to him,” said Patterson.
That’s when officers fired their weapons. The suspect was shot several times.
Officers then provided CPR while EMS arrived.
A total of 4 officers were involved – all were placed on administrative leave.
A video circulating on Facebook showed the aftermath recorded on a stream.
The video shows at least one police car on fire and several officers giving someone CPR.
It is unknown if any officers were injured during the incident.
Both body cameras and cameras at the station captured the shooting.
Patterson said an internal investigation is underway as well as an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.