Robbins officer cleared in fatal shooting

A Robbins Police Officer who fatally shot a suspect on August 10, 2020 was cleared after an investigation showed evidence supporting a reasonable belief by officer Jody Dunlap “that he was in imminent fear for his life,” according to Moore County District Attorney Michael Hardin.

In an April letter to N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Hardin said he reviewed the statements of 28 witnesses the SBI submitted to the district attorney’s office and four additional witnesses identified from the original 911 CAD report from a supplemental investigation by Hardin.

Robbins Police Chief Lawson Thomas and former Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger requested Hardin to review the investigation the SBI submitted of the fatal shooting of Bobby Minor.

Just before 8 p.m., Hardin said three men called 911 saying they believed they were going to die as Minor, 38, pointed a shotgun at their truck’s windshield while driving through Robbins.

Two other 911 calls were made saying Minor had fired two shots in the streets of downtown Robbins, and one of the callers reported Minor pointed his shotgun at her dogs. Hardin stated evidence showed Minor fired and hit a parked car.

It was reported that officers and citizens attempted to convince Minor to surrender his gun. Hardin said Minor was intoxicated, agitated and used profanity in response.

Minor said several times that the police were going to have to kill him because he wasn’t going back to prison. Minor made statements indicating he was going to shoot officers on the scene.

Minor then fled into the woods. As the suspect was coming out of the woods by Robbins Mini Storage on Salisbury Street, Dunlap was attempting to identify Minor with a flashlight when he raised his shotgun and pointed it directly at Dunlap. Dunlap then fired at Minor in response, said Hardin. 

The physical evidence suggested at least one of Dunlap’s bullets struck the shotgun in the receiver and fragmented into Minor’s shoulder and hand. This would be consistent with the shotgun being in a raised position, Hardin said.

A medevac helicopter was called, but Minor died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the top right leg that struck his femoral artery.

Feature photo: Bobby Minor was killed in Robbins on Aug. 10, 2020 after raising his gun and pointing it directly at Robbins Police Officer Jody Dunlap ~ Sandhills Sentinel.

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