Suspect Killed After Pulling Fake Handgun

At 5 a.m. Friday at a Murphy gas station next to Wal-Mart in Crawfordville, a clerk noticed a man approaching with a hood and ski mask on.

She called 911 before the suspect broke into store section of the gas station. She struggled with him, but he was able to grab cash out of the register.

Sheriff David Harvey of the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrived on the scene as the suspect was leaving. They told him to halt, but he displayed his fake gun and he was shot. Deputies found out after the suspect was shot that he was holding fake handgun. He died on the way to the hospital.

The Sheriff's Office has not said how any times he was shot or how many shots were fired.

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  • by NICK Location: crawfordville on May 19, 2007 at 02:02 PM
    Leroy from Tallahssee is a moron and so are the rest of you idiots who are second guessing the actions of these brave men. When was the last time you put yourself in harms way to go to the aid of another ? When was the last time you put on a kevlar vest to in order to go to work ? The only person or people that have a right to critcize any deputy sheriff or police officer are those who have worked that tour duty. Until then keep your uneducated thoughts to yourself !!!!
  • by ELIZABETH Location: HARDAWAY, FL on May 15, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    I think they should have aimed for a leg or arm and not a point that would kill him. What can he learn from his mistakes. How can he suffer for endanging another person. People need to suffer for their behavior and not take the easy way out (instant death).
  • by Lisa Location: Crawfordville on May 15, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    Wakulla County officers wear "Vests" too! My heart goes out to all involved. Once again ... Thanks Wakulla County Sheriff's Office for all that you do to protect us and keep us safe! God Bless You!
  • by Leota Location: Medart on May 13, 2007 at 10:37 AM
    Its easy to cast stones when you weren't there. I'm sure Kris Wilson's family is in great pain not understanding what drove their son/child to do this. I'm sure the Deputies involved are going through a lot coping with these split second events. For those of you who wish to cast stones, try talking with the clerk who was threatened, beaten, and robbed. Try and tell her that Kris's actions should be justified. Try and tell her that the Deputies should have waited before defending her and themselves. Events like this one make everyone want to lash out because such senseless acts shouldn't happen. Make sure your anger is directed in the right direction.
  • by Sharon Location: Perry on May 12, 2007 at 09:39 PM
    I am thankful to all the men and women who risk their lives everyday in law enforcement. Yes, they are human and sometimes make mistakes like everyone else. When I stop to think how I'd feel if these officers were 'my' father, brother, uncle, mother, sister, aunt or other loved one...I'd want them to react just like these officers did. How are they supposed to know by looking at a suspect if he/she was formerly a 'good' kid, or if the weapon he/she is carrying is plastic or metal, real or fake? Split second decisions are required to save not only the lives of the officers in cases like this, but lives of other citizens. I am proud of them!
  • by Tony M Location: Medart on May 12, 2007 at 08:02 PM
    Don't bring a "fake" gun to a "real" gunfight.
  • by Scott Location: Crawfordville on May 12, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    After reading the posts of those who are critical of this incident, I find it extremely disheartening that these are the only people who chose not to list their name. This is directed at those of you...Let us not forget,, This individual brought the Sheriff's Office to him! They did not seek him out.If not for his actions, all of us would have gone about our weekend without having to cope with this tragic event. By tragic, I mean tragic for the three deputies who will forever have to live with the fact that they were forced to take a life in order to return home safely to their families. Tragic that a family has to bury their son because of a set of poor decisions. Tragic because all of us that come after will be judged by it. These officers deserve your respect and admiration, not your pity or sorrow or criticism. As someone who has been in a similar situation, you simply do not understand..... "One second to make a decision, a lifetime to be second-guessed." Those of you that pass judgement on these officers should be ashamed...
  • by Trey Location: Crawfordville on May 12, 2007 at 07:49 PM
    Like my 13 year old said, "He started it." From the mouths of babes!
  • by Unknown Location: Crawfordville on May 12, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    Anyone out there who knows anyone that is a deputy should know that they do not go around looking for trouble. It is brought to them daily. To the ones that have negative thoughts about what these BRAVE men and women do for all of us citizens one day you may need them to protect you from harm and any of them will do whatever it takes to protect you. I am very proud of all they do for us and can not believe that anyone out there would think for a moment that this was not justifiable. Had Chris made a different choice he would still be here today and the deputies would not be having to live the rest of their lives with what has happened. Try looking at it from their point of view for a change. They are not to blame for what has happened I think we all know what caused this and it is very unfortunate for all involved. I am very glad that the deputies were able to come home to their families that day and pray that they never have to be in that situation again but if they are I will know for sure they will not hesitate to make the same split second decision to protect themselves and others. If there is anyone out there that has not seen what this "fake" gun looked like you need watch the news and see for yourself if you would have known it was not real. It was pointed at them in the dark and the clerk even attempted to use it against him because it looked real to her!! I have seen many of guns and I know that that gun looked as real as a 45 does. I hope that all the ones that have negative things to say will take time to find out the whole story and then put themselves in their shoes and if that gun had been pointed at you what would you do?? I want to thank all of the citizens for all the wonderful positive things you have put on here and hope what I have wrote will have a impact on the ones that have not.
  • by Beth Location: Crawfordville on May 12, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    A bb gun. What next- a small child with a water gun? Chris was a good boy who made a poor choice. It shouldn't have caused him his life. The car wasn't stolen- it was registered to his mom. Many details in this case are WRONG and should definantly be investigated. I knew Chris- worked with him for months. He would have given you the shirt off his back. Poor choices and deadly force- what a shame. God Bless You Chris- Rest now.
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