Investigators want to know exactly what led to a White police officer shooting and killing a 60-year-old Black man minutes after a traffic stop on Friday night. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was expected to interview Winston-Salem police Officer Dalton McGuire this week, the Winston Salem Journal reported on Monday.
See Also: WATCH: Ohio Police Violently Beat 25-Year-Old Black Man During Traffic Stop
State investigators were uncertain exactly why McGuire pulled over the vehicle in which Edward Van McCrae was a passenger, SBI Special Agent Scott Williams told the newspaper. A radio exchange between the officer and dispatcher suggests that McCrae initially made the stop for a license check, the agent added. So far, only the police version of what happened next is available.
McCrae was in the back seat of the vehicle driven by a woman with a second male passenger in the front seat, Williams said. The officer claimed in his report that McCrae was suspiciously reaching for concealed areas of the car. He allegedly ignored warnings to stop reaching before McGuire called for backup and ordered McCrae to exit the vehicle.
The officer pulled McCrae out, but it was unclear if he refused to exit, Williams stated. There was a struggle, which ended with McGuire shooting McCrae after allegedly seeing that he had a handgun. The special agent confirmed that a weapon was found on or near McCrae, who died at the scene.
The city’s Black leaders were united with local elected officials in calling for calm while the investigation was ongoing. Bishop Todd Fulton, of the Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, and the NAACP Winston-Salem chapter president, Rev. Alvin Carlisle, attended a media briefing on Monday with local officials.
“We’re always about vetting the facts and making sure our facts are based on what happened,” Fulton said. “We’re here to make sure police are (transparent), and to be vigilant.”
City officials said they would release police body camera footage to the public after the investigation is complete, Mayor Allen Joines said.
It’s unclear whether the two people who were in the vehicle with McCrae have spoken publicly about the shooting.
47 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
1. Botham Shem Jean, 261 of 47
2. Antwon Rose Jr., 172 of 47
3. Robert Lawrence White, 413 of 47
4. Anthony Lamar Smith, 24Source:Getty 4 of 47
5. Ramarley Graham, 18Source:Getty 5 of 47
6. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31Source:Getty 6 of 47
7. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty 7 of 47
8. Wendell Allen, 20Source:Getty 8 of 47
9. Kendrec McDade, 19Source:Getty 9 of 47
10. Larry Jackson Jr., 32Source:Getty 10 of 47
11. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Getty 11 of 47
12. Jordan Baker, 26Source:Getty 12 of 47
13. Victor White lll, 22Source:Getty 13 of 47
14. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Getty 14 of 47
15. Eric Garner, 43Source:Getty 15 of 47
16. John Crawford lll, 22Source:Getty 16 of 47
17. Michael Brown, 18Source:Getty 17 of 47
18. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Getty 18 of 47
19. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty 19 of 47
20. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Getty 20 of 47
21. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 21 of 47
22. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty 22 of 47
23. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Getty 23 of 47
24. Rumain Brisbon, 34Source:Getty 24 of 47
25. Jerame Reid, 36Source:Getty 25 of 47
26. Charly Keunang, 43Source:Getty 26 of 47
27. Tony Robinson, 19Source:Getty 27 of 47
28. Walter Scott, 50Source:Getty 28 of 47
29. Freddie Gray, 25Source:Getty 29 of 47
30. Brendon Glenn, 29Source:Getty 30 of 47
31. Samuel DuBose, 43Source:Getty 31 of 47
32. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 32 of 47
33. Jamar Clark, 24Source:Getty 33 of 47
34. Mario Woods, 26Source:Getty 34 of 47
35. Quintonio LeGrier, 19Source:Getty 35 of 47
36. Gregory Gunn, 58Source:Getty 36 of 47
37. Akiel Denkins, 24Source:Getty 37 of 47
38. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Getty 38 of 47
39. Philando Castile, 32Source:Getty 39 of 47
40. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 40 of 47
41. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Getty 41 of 47
42. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Getty 42 of 47
43. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 43 of 47
44. Jordan Edwards, 15Source:Getty 44 of 47
45. Stephon Clark, 2245 of 47
46. Danny Ray Thomas, 3446 of 47
47. DeJuan Guillory, 2747 of 47
North Carolina Cop Kills 60-Year-Old Black Man Within Minutes After A Traffic Stop was originally published on newsone.com