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Navy Veteran Killed by Police - Witness say his hands were up

Family members and the community are still reeling from the death of a man they say served his country and his neighbors. William Dean Poole had lived in the Wedowee Lane mobile home park south of Gastonia for almost 30 years. He was shot to death by police responding to what they described as a psychiatric call.

Officers were called to Poole’s residence at 130 Wedowee Lane, south of Gastonia, by the National Veteran’s Hotline which the man had called expressing a plan to commit suicide. The caller told the operator Poole had mentioned owning guns, had talked about “taking out others before himself,” but had urged the hotline not to send police, saying it “would not end well.”
Officers said they arrived to find Poole sitting on his riding lawn mower in his front yard. After police identified themselves and began approaching, the officers claim he pulled out a gun and opened fire. Four unidentified officers shot back, killing the man. Neighbor J.C. McDowell who lives across…