RALEIGH, N.C. – Police officers shot and killed a man in Raleigh on Saturday evening.
The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. near New Bern Avenue. Specifically, the shooting occurred in the 1000 block of N. Rogers Lane in a strip mall.
The strip mall is located between Raleigh and Knightdale. It contains a Dairy Queen, a Food Lion, and a Sheetz gas station.
The Raleigh Police Department reported that the officer involved in the shooting is W.B. Edwards. Meanwhile, they identified the man who died as 30-year-old Soheil Antonio Mojarrad. He was a resident of Raleigh at the time of the shooting.
Officials are not saying what caused the officer-involved shooting.
However, arrest records show that Mojarrad faced other charges as far back as 10 years ago. These charges include drug possession, second-degree trespassing, misdemeanor larceny, and assault.
Mojarrad was arrested in January and charged with simple assault.
The State Bureau of Investigation is going to review this incident. This is standard procedure when an officer-involved shooting causes harm to a civilian.
Officers began investigating the scene right away. Moreover, they sectioned much of the strip mall off with yellow crime scene tape. Also, officers briefly closed off access to the parking lot at one point to examine the scene more thoroughly.
Shop owner Ibrahim Shteyh said, “It felt like every police car in Raleigh was here last night. As soon as I turned around, I saw the magnitude of what was going on. Just cars pouring in from everywhere.” Shteyh added further than police officers were interviewing shop owners and customers in the area to get more details about the shooting.
Officials request any video surveillance of the incident be reported.