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The 28-year-old Sanford man who shot and killed himself Thursday after a lengthy stand-off with police in front of a downtown building was a suspect in an alleged armed sexual assault, Sanford Police Department reported Friday.

Chris Feaster shot himself in the head as police negotiated with him Thursday and was pronounced dead at Central Carolina Hospital minutes later. Officers were called to the intersection of Charlotte Avenue and First Street after reports of an armed man threatening to harm himself in that location. Feaster held a 9mm handgun as detectives spent 90 minutes communicating with him to drop the weapon and turn himself in.

In an update to its initial release, Sanford Police said it was called to a business at South Horner Boulevard after the shooting to speak to a woman who alleged Feaster raped her at gunpoint. The report reads: “After further investigation, detectives obtained evidence to corroborate the allegations.”

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The update comes a day after hundreds of social media posts from friends and family of Feaster, many of which describe him as a “great guy” with a “heart of gold” and positive personality. Feaster was a regular at Southern Lee High School sporting events and was the man inside the McGruff the Crime Dog costume at several Lee County Sheriff youth events.

Before news of the armed assault allegations, a GoFundMe page was set up Friday to pay for Feaster’s funeral expenses.

 

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