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December 08, 2011
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Police: NC cop slain trying to arrest Iraq vet

Deputy Richard Rhyne had spoken to the suspect and determined he had an outstanding arrest warrant

Associated Press

VASS, N.C. — Authorities say a North Carolina deputy sheriff has been shot and killed trying to arrest an Iraq war veteran, who then took his own life.

Moore Sheriff Lane Carter said Thursday that Deputy Richard Rhyne had spoken to the suspect and determined he had an outstanding arrest warrant for not paying child support.

Carter said the suspect, Martin Poynter, pulled out a gun and fatally shot Rhyne and then shot himself outside an abandoned home near Vass, which is 60 miles southwest of Raleigh.

The sheriff said the 58-year-old Rhyne was investigating a trespassing complaint when he encountered Poynter and his brother. He spoke to the men, checked their names and was about to take Poynter into custody when he was shot.

Rhyne had been in law enforcement for 37 years and a Moore County deputy since 2007.

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