More details emerge in suspects’ death at hands of police

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Submitted: Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:21pm
Updated: Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:24pm

By F.T. Norton

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The only suspect to survive a deadly police shooting outside a Wilmington Pizza Hut in October said Monday in a jailhouse interview he first realized police were on the scene when officers opened fire.

“When the door opened they shot at us,” 20-year-old Jalani Smith said Monday from behind the security glass that separates visitors from inmates at the New Hanover County jail. “I ran back inside. That’s the only reason I lived.”

Beyond that, Smith wouldn’t speak about the particulars of the case. He has yet to be indicted on the charges of first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery for which he’s been held in the jail in lieu of a $1.5 million bond.

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15 Comments on "More details emerge in suspects’ death at hands of police"

joe citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Here’s a hint…If you don’t want to be shot by the police…don’t do do armed robberies, or shoot at them, or try and run them over with your car. It’s not racism, it’s common sense. That thug that lived now has some nice scarring that he can refer to that will remind him that robbing people bad for his health.

2015 years 8 months ago

If you decide to commit a crime or crimes, you’ve got no right to complain about the outcome if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Too phreaking bad.

2015 years 8 months ago

“As officers watched the restaurant, three men dressed in black approached the business and hid behind a vehicle in the parking lot. When an employee was within reach, they forced the employee back into the business at gunpoint.” -Star News

I do believe that the officers were justified in the shooting, but I don’t agree with their decision to allow the armed suspects to take a hostage and enter into the restaurant. Their failure to apprehend the suspects before the crime could have cost innocent lives. I don’t think that catching them in the act was worth the risk. Thank God no innocent lives were lost.

2015 years 8 months ago

Innocent lives? They weren’t innocent, they were committing a robbery and if they had not been caught most likely would have continued doing so. If they wound up killing someone they were robbing….that would have been an innocent loss of life.

2015 years 8 months ago

Yes until they pulled that gun on employee no crime was commited so no arrest could be made. and thanks to our lovely justice system if they had pulled vehicle over without cause or even as they approached pizza hut than it would have been easy for suspects to be out next day doing same ciminal activity. It was best to wait for them to come out to keep emploees safe and not cause hostage situation. Officers were correct and only criminals believe criminals so he can say whatever he wants

2015 years 8 months ago

After further reflection it occurred to me that the officers could have arrested them on conspiracy to commit armed robbery before they got to the restaurant. If the police could have prevented the robbers from putting those people in danger, then they should have.

2015 years 8 months ago

Apparently they had broken plenty of laws before. Even if they hadn’t committed any crime, the police knew they were going to commit a crime and could have prevented them from taking the hostage and entering the restaurant. The protection of the citizens should have been more important than an arrest.

I didn’t base my opinions on anything the remaining suspect said. I based it on the report written in the Star News.

2015 years 8 months ago

Guest2020, just because the men are dress all in black and hid hide behind a car, what law had they broke at that time? I can’t think of any, but willing to hear you comment.

Also, I really don’t think I would believe anything this good young man saids. I am sure he was high on adrenaline and does remember anything about what happen.

2015 years 8 months ago

You and your criminal blacksheep were only caught dead in the middle of an armed robbery and kidnapping. What did you expect them to do, throw a few rocks at you and say “You’re it!”? I don’t even know why WWAY would give you time of day to make such an idiotic statement. Of course they shot at you. It’s only too bad they missed one! Good luck in court! (NOT!)

2015 years 8 months ago

seems like crime in wilmington before this incident was out of control. armed robberies happening weekly, or sometimes more frequent. now it seems its under control. these thugs got what they deserved.

glad the general assembly passed a law allowing people with concealed carry to go into restaurants. this could have helped earlier. better think twice before pulling a gun on anyone now.

walter hogan
2015 years 8 months ago

if they wearing hoodies and packing heat shoot now ask questions later.

hal stevens
2015 years 8 months ago

There are more people wanting to act like gangsters than there are real gangsters. If they want to act like gangsters shoot em on site.

Tracie C
2015 years 8 months ago

Slow news week? What, exactly, was the expected outcome of this interview? Is the reporter related to this criminal?
Dipshit: you and your buddies went to Pizza Hut to rob the store. When you “opened the door” you weren’t supposed to be there anyway!
Let’s see how lucky you feel to be alive by your actions from now on. And PLEASE try not to “get saved” in jail to make it all better – it’s easy in there.
Man up and get a job, be a real member of society not an animal taking what you think you deserve from innocent people.
Thanks news outlets for wasting time and money putting this crap on the news – lately I keep going back to check to see if I’ve logged in to The National Enquirer instead of my local news.

2015 years 8 months ago

They could have arrested them for conspiracy to commit armed robbery. And still, they should have kept them from committed the crime instead of risking the lives of innocent people.

2015 years 8 months ago

Lisa, don’t let your lack of reading comprehension stop you from spouting off. Guest2020 wrote: “Thank God no innocent lives were lost.” He didn’t say they were innocent, just that NO INNOCENT LIVES WERE LOST. It really is just that simple.