Armed man killed by officers in NC identified; 8 officers put on leave

(WNCN) – A quarter of the Clinton police force is on administrative leave after an armed man was shot early Sunday in a Burger King parking lot, officials said.

John Mark Coffey, 53, of Warsaw, was identified Monday as the man who police say pointed a shotgun at officers from a pickup truck in the parking lot, police said.

Clinton Police also identified the seven officers and an N.C. Trooper who would be placed on administrative leave, along with their time on the force.

There are 28 officers on the Clinton police force. On Monday, neighbors of Coffey, who lived about 15 miles east of Clinton, said they were surprised by the deadly shooting.

“It’s shocking. Very, very shocking. He was quiet. I thought he was quiet and kept to himself,” said Brenda Murphy, who added that Coffey did come to her home and introduce himself when he first moved in.

Another neighbor said that Coffey was often seen in the neighborhood with his dogs. “He was the type that didn’t bother nobody. He’d come out and walk his dogs,” said neighbor Donald Darden.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting, which is the Clinton Police Department’s policy.

The results of this investigation will be turned over to the District Attorney.

The Internal Affairs Unit with the Clinton Police Department is conducting an Administrative Investigation into the shooting. The N.C. State Medical Examiner’s office will be conducting an autopsy on Coffey.

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