At 2106 hours, on Thursday, November 27th, the Fayetteville Police Department received a call regarding shots fired in the area of Hawkins Drive and Lynn Avenue.
Officer Michael Yount arrived on scene at 2112 hours to investigate the call and made contact with a black male subject stumbling around in the middle of the roadway. Upon questioning, the subject opened fire on the officer. In self-defense, the officer returned fire, fatally wounding the subject. EMS personnel arrived on scene and transported the subject to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The SBI is conducting an investigation along with detectives from the Major Crimes Division of the Fayetteville Police Department. In addition, the Fayetteville Police Department is conducting an administrative internal investigation. Pursuant to departmental policy, Officer Yount will be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the applicable investigations.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld until next of kin notifications can be made.
Pursuant to SBI Policy and State Personnel Laws, the Fayetteville Police Department will not be releasing any further information regarding this matter. Any questions regarding this investigation should be referred to the SBI.