A Robbins police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an armed man last August had “imminent fear for his life” and has been cleared in the shooting.
That conclusion, announced this past week in a news release from Moore County District Attorney Michael Hardin’s office, comes after reviewing the findings from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.
The shooting occurred on Aug. 10 when Bobby Christopher Minor fled to the Robbins Mini Storage in the 200 block of Salisbury Street, where he was later confronted and shot by Officer Jody Dunlap. Minor was pronounced dead at the scene.
The release from Hardin said that Dunlap encountered Minor coming out of a wooded area and identified him in the dark by using a flashlight. Minor pointed a shotgun at Dunlap and the officer fired at Minor in response.
“The physical evidence suggests at least one of Officer Dunlap’s bullets struck the shotgun in the receiver and fragmented into Mr. Minor’s shoulder and hand,” the release said. “This would be consistent with a shotgun being in a raised position.”
The Robbins Police Department responded to the scene after Minor reportedly was brandishing a firearm and firing shots.
Hardin’s office said that three young men were driving in a truck through Robbins shortly before 8 p.m. and Minor pointed a gun at the windshield of the vehicle.
There were 28 witnesses interviewed by the SBI, and the District Attorney spoke with four others that were on the 911 report. All reported the reckless behavior of Minor before authorities arrived on the scene.
“Mr. Minor made several statements that he wasn’t going back to prison and the officers were going to have to kill him,” Hardin’s findings said. “Mr. Minor made statements that he was willing to shoot officers on scene.”
Minor’s brother, Brian, told The Pilot following the incident that his brother suffered from mental illness, and the release said that Minor was “clearly intoxicated.”
Robbins Police Chief Lawson Thomas and former District Attorney Maureen Krueger submitted the request to the SBI following the shooting.