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Officer Kills Man Who Pinned Him To the Ground

Officer Kills Man Who Pinned Him To the Ground

The Charlott Observer

December 05, 2010

SALISBURY, NC – A Salisbury police officer shot and killed a man who pinned the officer to the ground when he attempted to arrest him, authorities said Saturday.

It was the second time an officer in the city has been involved in a fatal shooting in less than a month.

Police responded to a home at 319 Vance Ave. just before 9:30 p.m. Friday after someone reported a suspicious person knocking on the home’s back door.

When Officer K.H. Boehm arrived, he found Robert Faulkner, 37, of Salisbury in the backyard, police said.

Faulkner threatened the officer with a beer bottle, police said, and after several commands to put the bottle down, Faulkner complied. But when Boehm tried to handcuff him, Faulkner began fighting with the officer, and both fell to the ground in the scuffle, police said.

Faulkner was on top of the officer and repeatedly hit him in the face, police said.

Police said Boehm was eventually able to reach his gun and shoot Faulkner in the arm, shoulder and chest.

Faulkner was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center for treatment and then to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died. Boehm was treated and released from Rowan Regional Medical Center.

Boehm, a three-year veteran of the Police Department, was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, which is standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting.

Salisbury police Officer J.R. Cable was placed on administrative duty after a Nov. 13 shooting.

Police said James Brown, 46, had assaulted his father with a baseball bat and then refused officers’ demands to drop the bat. Cable shot Brown when he advanced on officers as he wielded the bat, police said.

Brown was pronounced dead at the scene and his father was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening at Rowan Regional Medical Center.

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