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Police: Wilmington Robbery Suspects Did Not Shoot

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Wilmington police chief says three men shot by law enforcement did not fire on officers after allegedly robbing a Pizza Hut last week.

Chief Ralph Evangelous held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the shootings that happened last Friday.

Authorities say 20-year-old Tevin Robinson and 18-year-old Ronald Dashawn Roland were killed while 20-year-old Jalani Smith, was wounded in the hand. Evangelous says the suspects refused to comply with commands and ran toward the police officers. That’s when the officers fired.

The Pizza Hut was being staked out after a spate of robberies.

North Carolina law says officers can use deadly force to defend themselves or someone else from what they believe to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force.

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