N.C. murder led to FBI shooting of fugitive in Alabama


The federal fugitive killed Wednesday evening in Atmore by federal agents had been accused of first-degree murder in the case of a woman found dead in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday.

The Mobile FBI office has confirmed that special agents tracking Tobby Wiggins attempted to take him into custody Wednesday evening in Atmore, and that “during the course of a law enforcement action, the subject was shot and killed by FBI special agents.” A spokesman confirmed the agents were from Mobile.

Wiggins’ identity was confirmed by fingerprints after his death, according the Mobile FBI office. He had been sought in connection with the murder of 39-year-old Cashona Tate in Charlotte, N.C.

No information has been released about the manner of Tate’s death or any possible connection between her and Wiggins. According to Charlottesville NBC affiliate WCNC, police went to her apartment on Friday evening in response to a call for a welfare check and found her dead. Sunday would have been her 40th birthday.

An FBI spokesman referred questions on Tate’s death to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. An inquiry with the CMPD was pending as this story was published.

The FBI has said that it does not plan to release further information pending a review of the use of deadly force by a shooting incident review team. A panel will evaluate whether the use of force was reasonable and those findings will be presented to the local district attorney and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.