By PoliceOne Staff
LUMBERTON, N.C. — A District Attorney plans to pursue the death penalty against a man charged in the death of a Lumberton police officer outside a gas station.
Officer Jeremiah Goodson was off-duty when he recognized homicide suspect Marques Ramon Brown, 27, and attempted to make an arrest. He and another officer were approaching Brown's vehicle when shots were fired from inside the car, killing Goodson.
Backup officers apprehended Brown, who was charged with first-degree murder, according to WRAL. He is being held at Cumberland County Jail without bond.
Brown's criminal record dates back to 2004, North Carolina Department of Public Safety records show. He served a prison sentence of nearly three years after being convicted of several charges that included felony breaking and entering and possessing a firearm illegally, among others.
Several Lumberton officers attended the court hearing Wednesday with black bands on their badges.
"(There's) a lot of emotion," Sgt. Don Ward said of the proceedings. "Jeremiah was a very good person. He was a dedicated officer. He was a dedicated husband. He was definitely a family man, and he was dedicated to his department."
The incident is under investigation by the State Bureau, the Robeson County Sheriff's Office and Lumberton police.