WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says two suspects who were shot and killed by officers after a suspected armed robbery at the Pizza Hut on South 17th Street did not fire at the officers, but ran at them after being told to surrender.
According to arrest warrants, Jalani Smith, 20, Tevin Robinson, 20, and Ronald Roland, 18, held four Pizza Hut employees at gunpoint around 11:45 Friday night while they robbed the store. The warrants say the trio took $100 and two cell phones from the victims.
Police said the three men refused to comply with officers as they were leaving the business. Shots were fired and all three men were taken to the hospital. The men were found with two weapons on them.
Roland and Robinson both died as a result of their injuries during the situation with police.