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SBI investigating WPD officer shooting

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WILMINGTON -- A Wilmington police officer who shot a man last night is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. The shooting happened last night around eight-thirty at a business suspected of running an illegal video poker gambling house. The police department's Special Enforcement Response Team executed the search warrant at Two Trees Pools and Spas. Investigators say the business was fronted as a spa and pool supply store but was really an illegal gambling parlor. According to the warrant the SERT team was needed because the police had information that the owner of the business, William Inman was armed and has violent tendencies. He had also reportedly threatened a police officer in the past. Police will not say what actually lead to Inman being shot. The search warrant indicates Inman pulled a firearm out of a desk drawer when officers were trying to search the business. Today some of his family members were cleaning out the furniture of the alleged gambling house. Inman was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. No word on where or how many times he was shot, but officers say his injuries are not life threatening. The officer who shot him, Andrew Lazzaro, is on paid leave while the SBI tries to figure out what happened. According to the search warrant nearby business owners had complained about some of the things going on at Two Trees Pools and Spa's. They said there were people going in and out of the business constantly and at all hours of the night. Also that each time someone would go to the door, they would have to knock, then be let into the business. And on some occasions, the owner, William Inman, would serve as a bouncer, and that he would have a gun tucked into his waistband. The search warrant says officers found four video poker machines -- which are illegal in North Carolina -- and about $4,700 in cash.

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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

FIRST TO ANDREW, JEASOULSY?, A POOL PLACE THAT HAS CUSTOMERS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR TO BE LET IN AT MIDNIGHT AND THEN AFTER? PLEASE! EVEN A KID COULD TELL THAT SOMETHING WAS NOT LEGIT ABOUT THIS BUSINESS. YOU SHOULD WALK IN THE OFFICERS SHOES FOR ONE SHIFT AND THEN LET SOMEONE SHOW A HANDGUN TO YOU AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR INTENTIONS ARE AND SEE WHAT YOU WOULD DO, JUST STAND THERE TO SEE IF THEY WOULD PLACE THE GUN IN YOUR HAND OR PUT ONE IN YOUR HEAD? FYI, OFFICERS DO A THROUGH BACKGOUND CHECK ON ALL PERSON OR PERSONS INVOLVED IN THE SEARCH WARRANT TO GET AN INDICATION OF WHOM THEY ARE DEALING WITH. NOW LAUGHING.....WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF ALL THE OFFICERS HANDLED ONE PROBLEM AND NOTHING ELSE? NOT GOOD. THAT IS WHY THEY HAVE SEVERAL SPECIALIZED UNITS TO HANDLE EVERYTHING! THEY GET SPECIALIZED TRINING IN THE AREA THAT THEY ARE WORKING SO AS TO HANDLE SITUATIONS BETTER AND TO KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR! THEY DO HAVE POLICE RIDE-A-LONG IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROCEDURES THAT THE DEPT. FOLLOWS.

WPD Officer being investigated....

What some people don't quite understand is that ANYTIME an officer in involved in a shooting, automaticallly, the SBI investigates and the officer is put on administrative leave. So before all of you "anti-cop" critics start putting in your "two cents" on this event, save it. People are so quick to jump the gun and start criticizing the police without waiting for details of the event. Give it a break already or better yet, put yourself out there as a moving target and see if when you're staring down the wrong end of a barrell, how you would react. You gonna grab your tazer or your gun?

Funny, very funny.

"... jump the gun... ". Rather hilarious considering that's more in line with what happens with a great many police officers. No, I'm not "anti-cop". I'm "anti-corrupt-cop". As you say, we don't know what happened in relation to the gun itself. But the events led up to the officers needing to be there in the first place... that's something else altogether, as I mentioned below. Andrew

Anit "corrupt cop"??????

Anit "corrupt cop"?????? How in the hell do YOU know what cops are corrupt? And who gives YOU the right to label every cop that is involved in a shooting as corrupt...if that is what your imply meant??? The officers names were not released so you are categorizing them just by the situation. Shame on you. I will not deny that there are corrupt cops out there...just as there are corrupt politicians, high-ranking officials, etc. There is corruption in ALL areas of business. But for you to automatically assume that the officers involved in this incident (and every other shooting incident from what it appears) are corrupt only underminds your intelligence. And while we are categorizing...the majority of individuals who have "problems" with cops are ones who have a criminal history or is doing something illegal and just haven't been caught yet. So hopefully, you're not in one of those two "categories". If you are, you're just being bias. I have been in Law Enforcement for years, I have served in the US Military, and now I am a federal law enforcement officer. And when I read my home-town news and see how the public criticizes the police officers for doing their jobs, it disgusts me and makes me even more thankful that I no longer live in a town so non-supportive of their officers who put their lives on the line everyday just to protect ungrateful individuals like yourself!

I agree, im all for police,

I agree, im all for police, but not corrupt ones. theres a lot in this town. not giving any names, I got out of law enforcement due to the high corruption. a lot in brunswick co. and also ALE (alcohol law enforcement)tried to go public with it, but just taking time the lawyer says due to watching out for others... watch your back everyone.

Hmph!

Well now that's just annoying. Not only does it appear that a reply I made to you did not get approved, but a reply to another poster PLUS THEIR (Fletcher's) post, got nuked. I mean, really. I know I didn't complain about it. I mean, for crying out loud, if I couldn't take the expected backlash, I wouldn't have made such a controversial comment to begin with. Personally, I go on the ideal of "if you can't take it, don't dish it". So there's no reason I would have complained to have his comment removed. I know this site "isn't my house", but good grief, don't treat us like like some overly sensitive children who can't take a little heated debate! Hmph! Any other Public place we can take this discussion? I doubt some of us are done yet. Andrew

Do a THOROUGH investigation

"They said there were people going in and out of the business constantly and at all hours of the night." Sounds like jealousy to me. It is a BUSINESS after all. People ARE going to be going in and out. "Also that each time someone would go to the door, they would have to knock, then be let into the business." And this is a crime? Gee, how many clubs of varying types will only let certain people in? Again, sounds like jealousy because someone wasn't let in. "And on some occasions, the owner, William Inman, would serve as a bouncer, ..." Gee, how many clubs or even businesses in general have some form of security? I guess it's illegal only if you're in the right position and get turned down for admittance. Again, jealousy. As to the gun, that has yet to be fully determined. As much as I personally oppose weapons, if he had a legal right to carry, then it shouldn't have been considered against him. After all, if it were seen, then it isn't concealed. As to the gambling, I've already heard enough of the hypocrisy about "video poker machines are immoral and criminal but a state funded lottery is moral and legal because government officials are making something extra off of it". It's truly idiotic for authority figures to complain about gambling machines and call the players criminals (which HAS been done) and to turn around and not make such claims against those who play or support the lottery (which IS gambling). So, yes, the SBI SHOULD be investigating. And more than just the shooting, quite frankly. Andrew

You misunderstand

This is a business that is supposed to sell swimming pools and spas It is NOT a business where you shoot pool and get massages! This man is an idiot and he is dangerous. He has a rap sheet as long as your arm. Do your homework Go check criminal records in New Hanover and surrounding counties.

Criminal record or not...

Yes, Inman was an idiot for having a gun though he had a criminal record. No argument there. I never said there was an argument on THOSE grounds. There are many individuals out there who have criminal records, small and large. And, yes, their Rights, deservedly or not, are limited. BUT, that doesn't mean that authority figures should be held any less responsible for THEIR actions. I don't run around saying "Oh, the shooting victim DESERVED it because they have a record". I do my homework. The officers went in with the mentality "OMG! They're playing video poker and ALL crime is the same so get ready to shoot someone!". Quite frankly, it sounds more like "the competition doesn't like what's going on and our bosses, who approve of state sanctioned gambling, wants us to take these places out so the state sanctioned gambling can receive more money. So, say ALL the video poker players are criminals and we can justify shooting anyone we want to." Andrew

Criminal

Maybe the next time he will stop and think before pointing any weapon at a police officer.

You know the menatlity of the officers???

How can you say you know the mentality of the officers that were involved? The fact is, a felon who is not allowed to own a gun, pointed a gun at an officer and got shot. There is no defense for the guy who got shot. You can't say officers had no right being there since something illegal was going on.

You have to be kidding me..

What POOL and SPA business that you know of, has people coming in and out of it, all hours of the night - and requires the owner TO CARRY A GUN. Get a grip.

Perhaps you should spend some time getting educated

Businesses evolve. There are businesses open now that one wouldn't imagine years ago. Just look at "Pass Your Plate". As to carrying a gun, any number of business owners would choose to carry a weapon depending on location and past experience, for example. As to all hours of the night, certainly there was no specifics as to what time the business opened and what time it closed or that it was a 24 hour business, which, by the way, is also not illegal. This came down to a number of "morally superior" individuals basically calling in authority figures to close down their "competition". After all, until this very incident, so us where this weapon (illegal though it may have been) was actually USED, as opposed to being displayed, in the performance of his work. Andrew

Harden Criminals

WOW ! give this guy the death sentence, he was running a illegal gambling operation... It is sad that you can drive down Red Cross street and drugs are being delt in the open and Wilmington Police drive right past them and do NOTHING but if someone does some gambling, they get shot and arrested.. what a joke, our tax money at work...

Laughing and Andrew... You

Laughing and Andrew... You can't be serious. You cannot actaully think this was a legit pool business. Name me one other pool business that is open all night, requires "guests" to knock on the door and say a special password just to get in, and then have an armed security guard stand outside the business. You can't...unless you have one of those same types of businesses. Then you have the audacity to blame the officer for shooting a felon (who isn't suppose to have a weapon in the first place) that takes out his weapon. Sounds like to me that you both are upset because your gambling hole just got closed down.

Who's laughing?

The only laughing I'm doing is at you, just knowing that I'm not that stupid. And if you think you can do a better job why don't you? I know the answer(chicken, whiner, hypocrite, etc....), that was one of those rhetorical questions. Anyway the Police are always hiring so once you grow some nad's come on down.

still laughing

Does this mean I have to learn to be corrupt and not look in the direction of a drug deal while I'm driving down Red Cross Street, sign me up, I could use some extra cash,tell me officer, how much bribe money do you get from the crack heads to look the other way?

Red Cross Street/Gambling

In the words of a local beach town's chief, "If we are too hard on them, things could get worse." Are you kidding me?

Should the officer stand

Should the officer stand there and get shot because the guy with the gun is "only" involved in illegal gambling? Is it open season on the crackheads on Redcross St? BTW..you have to own property to pay the taxes that fund the police. I'll bet you live with your grandmother. Idiot.

Pathetic

You must be a cop that is being paid off to look the other way on Red Cross Street. My grandmother was murdered cause the cops were too busy eating Krispy Creams and mooching free coffee than PROTECTING the elderly.

to pathetic

So very sorry to hear about your grandmother. Its painful to lose someone you love and grandmothers are special. I know, because I myself am a grandmother. Where were you when she was murdered, what had SHE done to rile someone to the point of killing her OR was it someone else that riled someone and she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Again I am sorry for your loss.

Don't gamble...

...play the "Education Lottery" instead. LMAO!

lottery

if this is an education lottery, where is the money going and why is the schools still begging the parent's for money? what a joke!!