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