Sheriff: SBI investigates after Pender’s deputy shoots gunman

Authorities at the scene of a shooting in Pender County on December 14, 2021 (Photo: WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler said a deputy shot dead a gunman on Tuesday morning.

MPs were attempting to serve a domestic violence protection order when they encountered an armed person in the community of Canetuck on the NC 210 road. A shooting took place and the person was fatally shot, the office said. sheriff.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is currently conducting an investigation in accordance with departmental policy. The two deputies involved were not injured and are now on leave, as per protocol, any time an officer is involved in a shooting.

The identity of the victim was not disclosed, nor that of the two deputies.

While many questions remain, District Attorney Ben David said they will share information as soon as they learn more about the SBI as they take charge of the case.

“Nothing is more serious for us than ensuring that force is used in the appropriate circumstances and is reasonable for those circumstances. We know that truth, trust and transparency are at the heart of everything we do in a case like this. “

Longtime Canetuck resident Ted Brown says he was shocked to find out what happened in their generally quiet part of town.

“I was asleep, it must have been around 9 am, and I heard the sirens go by. I just thought it was a fire somewhere. I heard a lot of traffic, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. I got up and watched TV and looked out the door here, and my god, ”Brown said.

The district attorney said they will be as transparent as possible while the investigation continues.

“There is no doubt that a fatal incident of the use of force has occurred, the question that will now arise in the courts will be whether or not that force was reasonable under the circumstances.”