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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say the suspects involved in Friday night’s shooting outside a restaurant ran at officers but did not fire shots.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said this afternoon information WPD gathered through investigations of recent restaurant robberies, including through collaboration with Leland Police, led officers to keep an eye on the Pizza Hut on S. 17th. St. Friday night.

“As the officers arrived they observed what they believed to be an armed robbery in progress,” Evangelous read from a prepared statement. “Officers saw guns being used during the robbery. When the suspects left the building officers challenged the suspects and gave them several commands to surrender. The suspects refused to comply with the officers commands and ran towards our officers. The suspects were then fired upon by the officers.”

Two of the men, Tevin Robinson and Ronald Roland, died in the shooting. A third, Jalani Smith was injured and later charged in connection to the robbery. Evangelous said the investigation in the days since proved the suspects did not fire at officers, but investigators did take two weapons from the suspects after the incident.

Evangelous says six officers are on administrative leave as WPD conducts and internal review of the incident and while SBI investigates as well. He said the names of the officers will be released when the review is done.

“No one wins when lives are lost,” Evangelous said. “This recent incident affects everyone and I am asking for the community’s support as we move through this.”

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2016 years 2 months ago

I’m glad you are doing something to help the community. Thank God we have citizens like you to comment on stories such as these. God bless you.

2016 years 2 months ago

My post(s) have been replaced by something more ridiculous?

I have to try harder………:-)


2016 years 2 months ago

Look, Im black and come from a poor socio-economic background. I know am doing something with my life. I refuse to let others tell me how to think. These officers were indeed justified in their shooting. A objective look at the facts will tell you that. If I tell my black friends this, they will call me a traitor. Why? Because I’m objective?

2016 years 2 months ago

This story doesn’t right, why would 3 men run at the police who i am sure they had their guns drawn when they arrived on scene, i believe they tried to run an wass shot who just run at a armed person when u are armed too. I wouldl love to hear the suspect side and know where exactly where they shot at i bet it was in the back somewhere

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2016 years 2 months ago

Do you mean the 2.5 years followed by 5 years probation that they would have gotten? I know I am eaggerating what would have been the end result in a courtroom, but there is no doubt that it would have been laughable. I’v said it before and I’ll say it now:

Another example of why I would prefer my (tax) money be diverted to the building and staffing of more prisons instead of providing others housing, medical care, education, transportation, job training, daycare, cellphones, etc, etc.

These two made the decission to not go (back?) to jail by running… Read more »

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