CHAPEL HILL — The UNC-Chapel Hill fraternity president shot to death by an Archdale police officer this summer reached for his pocket, leading the officer to think he was going for a gun, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.
The report says Courtland Benjamin Smith, 21, had told friends in Chapel Hill that he was thinking about suicide sometime before he climbed into his Toyota SUV early on Aug. 23 and headed west.
Smith, a junior biology major from Houston, called 911 as he drove through Guilford County on Interstate 40 and requested help, saying he was armed with a handgun and considering suicide. The dispatcher kept Smith talking, trying to get him to describe where he was.
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