12/09/2009

N.C. deputy shot to death, suspect killed

Associated Press

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. — A North Carolina sheriff's deputy responding to a 911 call has been shot to death by an armed suspect.

The suspect was also killed Tuesday when he refused to obey instructions from law officers.

Police say 38-year-old deputy Charlie Brown was responding to a call about an armed suspect in Williamston, about 100 miles east of Raleigh.

When officers arrived, officials say 36-year-old Jerry Lee Pace Jr. was armed and resisting instructions. They say Pace fired his gun and law enforcement officers fired back, killing Pace.

Brown was a 15-year veteran of law enforcement. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and two daughters.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

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