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Hero Down: Cumberland County Deputy Oscar Yovani Bolanos-Anavisca Killed By Impaired Driver While Investigating Robbery

Fayetteville, NC – Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy Oscar Yovani Bolanos-Anavisca died in the line of duty on Friday after a suspected drunk driver crashed into him while he was investigating a robbery call, according to police.

The series of events leading to the 23-year-old deputy’s death began shortly before 3 a.m. on Dec. 16, as he and several other deputies were investigating a robbery incident at the Circle K convenience store located at 2990 Gillespie Street, CityView reported.

They had just wrapped up a K9 track and were walking along the roadway when a passing driver crashed into Deputy Bolanos-Anavisca, then fled the scene, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

His fellow deputies immediately began administrating lifesaving aid before Deputy Bolanos-Anavisca was rushed to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, the News and Observer reported.

He succumbed to his injuries a short while later.

Investigators located the BMW that crashed into the deputy a short distance from the scene, and tracked down the alleged driver of the vehicle at a Waffle House approximately one-and-one-half miles away, according to the News and Observer.

The suspect, 24-year-old Nicholas Terlizzi, was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the fatal collision.

He has been charged with felony hit and run resulting in death or injury, felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license is revoked, reckless driving, and failure to stop at a red light, the News and Observer reported.

Terlizzi was ordered to be held on no bond, Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright said in a press release on Friday night.

The suspect allegedly involved in the robbery Deputy Bolanos-Anavisca was investigating when he was killed has also been arrested, Sheriff Wright announced on Monday.

The sheriff identified him as 39-year-old Antonio Craig Bradley.

When deputies went to arrest Bradley on Sunday, he allegedly fled from them on foot.

Bradley was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.

He has been charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and resist, delay, and obstruct, Sheriff Wright said.

His bond was set at $52,500.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal crash, CityView reported.

“We appreciate the condolences and support that has poured in from countless members of the public and Law Enforcement Agencies across the country,” Sheriff Wright said. “We ask that you keep the family of Deputy Oscar Bolanos-Anavisca and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Deputy Bolanos-Anavisca joined the CCSO in November of 2020 and previously served as a school resource officer at Hope Mills Middle School, CityView reported.

Sheriff Wright said the loss of the young deputy leaves him with a “heavy heart.”

“[We] just lost a good deputy, a mother lost a son, sisters and brothers lost a brother. Cousins, nephews,” the sheriff told CityView. “I look at it as a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented.”

He noted that Deputy Bolanos-Anavisca loved his job and serving his community.

“This young man gave his life for something that he wanted to do,” Sheriff Wright said, according to CityView. “It’s something that he always wanted to do is be a deputy.”

Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West vowed that his office will “get justice in this case,” according to the news outlet.

“The one promise I can make to his family and to this community: We will get justice in this case for what was done today,” West said. “We lost an officer that was protecting us and willing to give his life to serve and protect us. And we lost a citizen of this county and this state. And for that, we will get justice.”

Deputy Bolanos-Anavisca leaves behind his fiancé, as well as his parents and siblings.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Oscar Yovani Bolanos-Anavisca, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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