Raeford police shoot, kill armed man

Two Raeford police officers shot and killed an armed man Monday night when he drew a handgun and pointed it at them, the Raeford Police Department announced.

Tavares Harrington, 34, of the 300 block of East Sixth in Raeford was fatally shot in what Raeford Police Chief Marc Godwin said was an act of self-defense by the officers.

“The assailant pointed a gun at two uniformed Raeford police officers. The officers drew their weapons and fired at the assailant in self-defense,” Godwin said in a statement Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. on the 300 block of East Sixth in Raeford. Two police officers responded to the location in reference to a call about a disturbance at the address. The officers who arrived on the scene were met by Harrington, according to authorities.

“Mr. Harrington was loud causing a disturbance and drew a handgun and pointed it at the officers. The officers drew their weapons and fired at the Tavares Harrington killing him,” the Raeford Police Department said in a press release.

Godwin said Harrington was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

The police officers were wearing body cameras, according to the police department. Harrington’s father was present at the time and witnessed what happened, authorities said.

The two officers’ names have not been released to media “pending an investigation by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation,” the law enforcement agency said. It’s protocol that the SBI looks into officer-involved shootings. The SBI will determine whether an autopsy is ordered as that agency is handling the investigation.

Rev. Al Anderson announced that the Ministerial Alliance planned to hold a prayer vigil Saturday at 3 p.m., final location to be determined.

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