Apex fire report sheds light on what happened night of fatal officer-involved shooting

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The State Bureau of Investigation Wednesday released new details into the night Stanley Thompson, 51, was shot and killed by Apex police.

SBI spokesperson Anjanette Grube confirmed before the deadly officer-involved shooting that someone intentionally started a fire inside Thopmson’s home on 3000 block of White Cloud Circle. 

CBS 17 obtained a report from the Apex Fire Department revealing more clues into what happened the night of the fatal shooting.    

The SBI stated the fire began at Thompson’s house before police made contact with him. Apex fire officials stated they believe Thompson was the only person inside of the home.

Joe Hucks and his son John Hucks were eyewitnesses. 

“Shortly after they had knocked on the house, and there was a man inside that refused to come to the door,” said John Hucks.  

The report from the Apex Fire Department shows what fire crews saw at the scene. According to the report, once firefighters arrived, they saw several police officers around the front of the residence with guns drawn. There were two police officers at the rear of the home.

Fire crews said they also saw multiple police officers standing near a male patient in front of the home. The report said the smoke was so dark and thick that visibility was minimal to none, so they entered the house on their knees.

The Hucks saw the flames. 

“He had come out or had opened the door when we saw a big cloud of smoke come out,” said John Hucks.

“A big black plume is smoke came out. He apparently set something on fire. He came out. I saw a figure come out,” said Joe Hucks. 

Then they heard gunfire. 

“He said, ‘Dad, he’s got a gun.’ When he did, I said let’s get down in the seats. So we scrunched down in the seats. We heard the police start to give commands. Next thing we know, shots rang out. We couldn’t really tell who was shooting,” said Joe Hucks. 

Fire crews say the entirety of the fire was in the living room and only involved about six square feet of floor covering and a CPU from a desktop computer that was sitting on the floor in front of a desk.

The report said that after smoke cleared, firefighters discovered an ammo can sitting on the floor just inside the front door. Fire crews also said the dining table was standing up on end in front of one of the front windows and one of the dining chair was sitting sideways in front of the other window.

SBI and the Wake County District Attorney are trying to figure out if this shooting was justified. 

Click here to see the full report.

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