VIDEO: Fatal Shooting of Armed Suspect in Burger King Parking Lot

The suspect, armed with a shotgun, told bystanders to call 911

By Calibre Press  |   Jun 1, 2016

Seven Clinton, N.C., police officers and a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were on administrative leave Monday after they fired on an armed man to end a stand off in a Burger King parking lot. The suspensions for the officers are standard procedure whenever law enforcement officers are involved in a shooting.

Police said John Mark Coffey, 53, of Warsaw, pulled into the parking lot just before midnight on Saturday and asked another driver to call 911.

“He’s driving a white, looks like a Dodge pickup truck and he’s just sitting here in the parking lot with his parking lights on and begged us to call 911 for him,” a caller told dispatchers.

Meanwhile, law enforcement knocked on doors to make sure surrounding houses were empty and no innocent people were in the line of fire.

Dispatchers called the Burger King to ask that customers be kept inside.

“I need you to lock your doors. I need everyone to stay in the building. And you need to notify whoever is at the drive-thru that they need to get that vehicle away from that area,” a Sampson County dispatcher told the person who answered the phone in the restaurant.

Clinton Chief of Police Jay Tilley said Coffey sat alone in his truck with a shotgun on his lap while officers tried to negotiate with him. After about 30 minutes, Tilley said, he pointed his gun at officers, and they opened fire and killed him.

Coffey was pronounced dead at the scene. No law enforcement officers were injured.

The State Bureau of Investigation will review video from five body cameras and four in-car video cameras which were activated during the shooting.

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