One of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives was shot and killed while FBI agents tried to take him into custody on Wednesday.
The FBI and Apex police were at Woodspring Suites, located at 901 Lufkin Road in Apex, where an officer discovered Greg Allen Carlson was staying.
“Anybody that’s around an armed and dangerous individual was in danger,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge John Strong.
Strong said an Apex Police officer spotted a suspicious car in the hotel’s parking lot. After investigating further, the officer discovered the car was connected to the 47-year-old Carlson. Strong said it was the same 2017 Hyundai Accent on Carlson’s wanted poster.
“I am confident that Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive would still be out in public among us if it wasn’t for that sharp-eyed officer that spotted that vehicle,” Strong said.
Apex’s Police Chief John Letteney said the alert officer who spotted Carlson’s car followed protocol and his training.
“They are very proactive in our community to uncover crime. To prevent, to detect, to deter and do all those things that our community expects,” Letteney said.
Apex police called in the FBI and confirmed Carlson was staying in the hotel. Early Wednesday morning, officers secured the area as FBI agents went into the hotel to arrest Carlson.
Strong says when agents got to Carlson’s hotel room, they discovered he was armed. Strong would not say what Carlson was armed with, or what he said to agents.
One shot was fired by an FBI agent, killing Carlson, according to Strong.
“What happened here today is not what we want to happen. We want to capture the individual, give them their day in court, and bring them to justice. What happened today was unfortunate. It’s definitely not what we want to happen. We feel fortunate that no one else was injured,” Strong said.
Carson, a suspected serial sexual predator, was tied to multiple assaults. The women were severely beaten in some cases, the FBI said.
Hotel guest Frankie said she was in her room during the shooting, but didn’t know what had happened. She was unnerved to learn who else was staying in the hotel.
“I’m just very surprised. It seems very high profile, FBI’s Most Wanted. I didn’t even hear anything or know anything,” she said.
Another hotel guest, Emilio, said he was grateful the officer spotted the car Carlson was using.
“If he hadn’t it, then I suppose that they would still be in there, and that’s even worse,” he said.
Carlson was wanted in connection with multiple armed sexual assaults in Los Angeles, California.
On July 13, 2017, Carlson committed a burglary in Los Angeles and attempted to sexually assault a woman while using a weapon, officials said.
A local arrest warrant was issued for Carlson by the Superior Court of the State of California on Sept. 6, 2017. The FBI said Carlson had been on the run since then.
Carlson was charged with burglary, assault with intent to commit rape, and assault with a deadly weapon.
According to officials Carlson posted a bond and fled to Mount Pleasant in South Carolina.
The FBI said Carlson was seen several times since then, and even led officers on a high-speed chase. His last confirmed sighting was in South Carolina.
He was placed on the FBI’s list of Top 10 Fugitives in September 2018.
Strong said it’s unclear what brought Carlson to North Carolina. He wouldn’t say how long Carlson stayed at the hotel but said agents did not believe Carlson committed any crimes while in the area.
The medical examiner will need to positively identify Carlson.
“The FBI is grateful to our partners with the Apex Police Department for the assistance,” the FBI said.
Per FBI standards, an incident review team will investigate Carlson’s shooting and report the results of DOJ Civil Rights Division and District Attorney.