6 minutes: Raleigh police correct timeline on fatal shooting of man by officers

The Raleigh Police Department issued a correction Friday night to its timeline in the fatal shooting of a man outside the Southeast District police station on May 7.

The department now says six minutes elapsed between the first officer’s arrival at the station on Rock Quarry Road and the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Reuel Rodriguez Núñez, who police say was throwing Molotov cocktails at police vehicles and at officers.

The department’s initial report released Friday afternoon said 16 minutes had passed between those events.

“In our continuous effort to maintain transparency, the Raleigh Police Department submits this addendum to the Five-Day Report,” the Friday night news release stated.

Here is the corrected timeline, according to a memo from Police Chief Estella Patterson to City Manager Marchell Adams-David:

At approximately 1:02 p.m., Rodriguez Núñez entered the RPD Southeast District parking lot traveling in a silver van.

At approximately 1:18 p.m., Lt. M.F. Schabel drove up to the station.

At approximately 1:24 p.m., reports of shots fired were radioed to the communication dispatcher.

“Approximately 6 minutes elapsed from Lieutenant Schabel’s initial arrival until the officers discharged their weapons,” the updated report states.

Read more about this fatal shooting and others at these links:

“Raleigh police fired 30 rounds at Molotov-wielding suspect in fatal encounter, RPD says”

“Read the 5-Day Report on man fatally shot by Raleigh police officers outside station”

“Triangle law enforcement officers have fatally shot 5 people this year. A 6th survived.”

This story was originally published May 14, 2022 8:55 AM.

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