Suspect shoots self when stopped by police

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A man wanted in Carroll County for allegedly stealing a firearm killed himself when confronted by N.C. officers on Dec. 16

By Staff Reports

DOBSON, N.C. — A North Carolina man suspected of stealing a firearm in Carroll County fatally shot himself on Dec. 16 after he was approached by officers.
According to information from the Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department, Anthony Lee Watson, 27, of Dobson, N.C., shot himself in the head with a handgun after officers followed a car he was riding in. The officers were attempting to arrest him on the Carroll County gun larceny warrant and charges in Surry County and Mount Airy, N.C., that included possession of stolen property.
Watson was on probation for a conviction for larceny and possession of stolen goods earlier this month, and court information shows he had absconded from supervised probation. An alert had been issued, with police asking for information on his whereabouts.
Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said officers were en route about 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 16 to serve the warrants on Watson at a home in the White Plains area of Surry when they got behind a vehicle in which Watson was a passenger.
Police said the driver stopped the vehicle in the road after seeing the following police car. Watson got out of the vehicle and was holding a 9 mm handgun, according to the police report.
Officers drew their weapons and ordered Watson to drop the gun. Instead, Watson shot himself in the head. He later died of the head wound.