FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) — A standoff that ended with a deadly police-involved shooting a week ago in Fayetteville has left a mess of people’s homes.
Police shot Patrick Gatson, 32, after he used the apartment building’s attic to elude officers. On Friday, the people forced out during the more than eight-hour standoff last Thursday night returned home to places that looked ransacked.
They were heartbroken to find out that nothing inside could be saved.
That’s because police deployed harmful tear gas and removed insulation in efforts to get Gatson to come out of the home. After the incident, Fayetteville Police banded with the Red Cross to help displaced residents find housing for those four families. One officer even gave out of pocket to help.
Patrick Earl Gatson
One week later, the apartments are still in ruins and residents are working to figure out how they can get their things back.
Lisa Webb just moved to Fayetteville in June. She was devastated when she heard that everything from her son’s bike, her new television and furniture couldn’t be saved.
“I come home and all my stuff was ruined.