GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Greensboro police released new details on Monday after a man was shot and killed outside of the police department last week.
Around 3:08 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, Christopher Moore, 41, walked onto the employee parking lot of the Greensboro Police Department.
After using an accelerant to set a marked patrol vehicle on fire, police say Moore attacked an officer who was walking inside the building.
Moore hit the officer multiple times in the face and head before putting his arms around the officer’s neck.
During the struggle, Moore tried to get control of the officer’s service weapon.
Two additional officers, Cpl. AL Dellinger and Officer RT Brooks heard the attack and found Moore assaulting the officer.
He was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer who was attacked is recovering from his injuries.
Based on preliminary information, it appears Moore came onto police property with the intent of starting the fire and attacking police.
Court documents show Moore assaulted two Greensboro officers back in 2015.
A mental health evaluation in court records states Moore was hospitalized three times previously for psychiatric stabilization and that he was at a high risk to reoffend.
Mental health treatment was ordered as part of his sentence.
FOX8 asked Greensboro Police Chief Brian James if the department’s behavioral health response team was called to the parking lot.
“This incident happen spontaneously. The subject walked onto the lot with an accelerant, went to a police car and set it on fire, and the officer that was approaching the back of the building. He was assaulted immediately upon encountering him, so this is not a call for service,” James said.
James said Monday he is assembling teams to look into safety and security at all GPD facilities.
“We still want the facilities to be a welcoming place to our community because often times, even the room that we stand in, we have community meetings right in this building,” James said. “And as we want to be safe, we don’t want our buildings to look like a place that are not welcoming, so we certainly want to make sure we balance that when we look at additional security measures that we may take going forward.”