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Family looking for answers after fatal standoff

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BLADEN COUNTY -- Earlier this week a standoff in Bladen County started with an agitated man with a gun. It ended with officers shooting and killing Tom Adams. Now his family is searching for answers. Monday at Adams's house in Bladen County law enforcement officers surrounding the house, Adams was on the porch with a gun. Days later his family members mourn his death. Steve Ludlum is Adams's brother-in-law. He says Adams had no history of mental health problems, and that he never saw him behave the way he did on Monday. Ludlum said, "I kind of looked up to him as a father figure, because I was young when he came into the family. He took me hunting, fishing." Adams's wife of 39 years, Mary Frances, says five days before he died, her husband suddenly decided to stop taking his eight-or-so medications. She said, "He was on blood pressure medication, he later became a diabetic, he was on diabetic medication and he had to take a diabetic shot." Mary Frances says Adams was a strong-willed man who was going to do what he wanted to. "I thought, well, you can't make anyone do anything they don't want," she said. Bladen County Sheriff Stephen Bunn says law enforcement officers returned fire only after Adams shot in their direction. Adams's family claims he only fired into the air. Chief Deputy Phillip Little says the deputies were justified in using their firearms. Adams's family wishes other options were used. Dale Adams is Adams's son. He said, "It's hard. I don't really know what to say. There's nothing you can say to bring daddy back." Medical experts say suddenly going off as many medications, as Adams did, is extremely risky. But they say there is really way of knowing exactly what effect that had on Adams.

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Sorry for your loss....

I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of someone you knew so well and thought so much of. It seems that he ran his wife out of their house in tears and she felt compelled to call 911 as a result. A definite emergency was underway. The "so called law enforcement officers" as you refer to them, responded to the emergency, only to be greeted by an insane person popping off live rounds at them. So, if you are such an expert in the evaluation of what is or is not a law enforcement officer, then you could possiby apply as a professor at the State Police Training Academy specializing your curriculum as, "Course Studies and Field Practice Techniques on how to Dodge Bullets while Convincing Bubba that he really doesn't need to shoot at you." or maybe "Timeout 101 for novice snipers and how to effectively apply it without violence."

That was a good comment.

That was a good comment. Sums it up niecely, BRAVO!!!

If you knew him so well, why

If you knew him so well, why didnt you let him shoot at you. I don t care how well you know someone, if they SHOOT AT YOU, you will shoot back.

It has been reported that

It has been reported that this victim had not been taking the meds he needed, and the lack of these meds set him off balance mentally. That is too bad, but a bullet that hits the officer does not deferenciate if the shooter is unbalanced (for whatever reason) or not, or if the shooter is normally 'a nice guy'. Stark facts are: 1. He was unbalanced. 2. He was not only holding a deadly weapon, but pointing it at LE. 3. He was no longer just a danger to himself, but to others. He could have pointed and shot at anyone, LE, person walking on the sidewalk, kid riding a bike in the street... No cop ever wants to use deadly force. However, when it comes down to being shot at, or having some innocent bystander being shot, or shooting him, although there is never a 'good' solution when someone dies, it was the only solution. To the family: I am sorry for your loss. Mental illness is not easy to manage, but it can be with meds, therapy, and a lot of support from friends and family, which brings me to an observation: You have come out to defend him and condemn the law enforcement officials, but where were you in the times he was not taking his meds? Where were you when he was escalating in his irrational actions. Law enforcement officals are not babysitters for the unbalanced, they are not psychologists, and they will do what needs to be done to protect and serve the community in which they have sworn to. So, before you put the total blame on LE, don't forget to look at yourself as well.