Fayetteville Police: Suspect Dies Following Officer-Involved Shooting In April

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Willie Tillman. COURTESY: Washington County Sheriff's Olffice

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A man died Monday morning (May 9) from injuries he sustained during an officer-involved shooting last month.

Willie Tillman, 33, of Marianna, died around 5 a.m. in a local hospital from injuries he sustained during a shooting on April 23, according to a police department press release.

Fayetteville Police stopped Tillman for driving without headlights around 2:25 a.m. on April 23, according to Sgt. Craig Stout.

Tillman stepped out of the vehicle, but dove back inside the car and attempted to flee from police, according to a release.

A struggle then began between the officers and Tillman, who was able to drive the vehicle while the officers were partially inside.

Stout said both officers attempted to deploy their tasers but were unsuccessful.

One of the officers was able to get out of the vehicle, but another was still inside while Tillman continued driving.

That officer fired off multiple shots and struck Tillman in the chest, abdomen, and leg. The car eventually able to get the vehicle to stop on Sunbridge Drive.

The shooting prompted an internal investigation with the Fayetteville Police Department. Those results are expected to be released later this week, according to the release.

Fayetteville police said in the release, “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Mr. Tillman during their time of loss.”


  • Never go full liberal

    When the police tell you to stop, it would be a good idea to stop. Definitely do not try to cause them bodily harm or they are truly justified in using deadly force. These men did the right thing by at least trying to deploy their tasers even thought they did not have to, however they had no other options in the end.

  • truthreporter4u

    Hey, maybe if Fayetteville hires a Black police chief, all their troubles will go away just like Ferguson, MO. Maybe hiring an underqualified Black over more qualified applicants will reduce crime and make the minority community respect the police. Maybe Blacks will stop killing other Blacks. Maybe we should start a hashtag campaign on Twitter like Michelle Obama did with those girls in Africa. Oh, wait…

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