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Sheriff: Bystander shot suspect who was assaulting deputies investigating a trespassing call

A bystander shot a man who was assaulting Lenoir County Sheriff's Deputies on Thursday.
(Photo: Lenoir County Sheriff's Office)
A bystander shot a man who was assaulting Lenoir County Sheriff's Deputies on Thursday.

The sheriff of an eastern North Carolina county says a bystander shot a man who was assaulting deputies.

Lenoir County Deputies were wrapping up a trespassing call on Neuse Road Thursday afternoon when Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said the suspect began assaulting them.

The deputies had already called for backup and Ingram said dispatchers tried to reach them several times but received no response.

Soon after, a witness called 9-1-1, reporting that the deputies were being assaulted and needed help.

“The witness told us that these deputies were being overpowered and the witness was in fear for their lives,” Ingram said.

The witness, the sheriff said, shot the suspect.

Ingram said, “I am thankful our deputies are ok. They both received medical treatment for injuries sustained during this altercation. This suspect was fighting and hitting my deputies … he was getting the best of them.”

The suspect was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries and Ingram said he will face charges.

The names of those involved are not being released because the incident is still under investigation.

In regards to the shooting, the sheriff’s office will complete their investigation and review the case with the district attorney’s office.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.