Raleigh cops fatally shoot man who threw Molotov cocktails at precinct

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Raleigh cops fatally shoot man who threw Molotov cocktails at precinct

Cops in Raleigh, North Carolina, shot and killed a man who was throwing Molotov cocktails outside the police station Saturday, authorities said.

The incident started around 1:20 p.m. when the unidentified suspect began lighting cars on fire in the police parking lot with the incendiary weapons, officials said at a press conference.

“Commands were given to this individual to stop his actions,” Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said.

“The individual continued to throw multiple Molotov cocktails in the parking lot and eventually towards our officers who were there.”

A burned out police vehicle is ready to be towed outside the police station in Southeast Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, May 7, 2022. Raleigh police said a man died earlier in the day after four police officers shot him outside the station. Police officers shot him after they saw him throwing Molotov cocktails at vehicles in a parking lot near the police station and ultimately tossing them near responding officers, Chief Estella Patterson said at a news conference.
A burned-out police vehicle is ready to be towed outside the stationhouse in Southeast Raleigh after a suspect threw Molotov cocktails.
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Four cops then opened fire on the man, shooting him “multiple times,” according to Patterson.

Officers moved the suspect away from two burning cars and tried to resuscitate him to no avail, police said.

Footage from the officer’s bodycams would be released pending a court order, the chief said.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson (center) claims the suspect kept throwing "multiple Molotov cocktails" after cops confronted him.
Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said the suspect kept throwing “multiple Molotov cocktails” after cops confronted him.
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The FBI was investigating the incident along with internal affairs, according to police.

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