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Deputy on Leave After Teen Shot in Raid

Posted June 19, 2007

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— A Johnston County deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave after a teen was shot during a weekend drug raid.

Deputy Jason Guseman, a member of the Johnston County Sheriff's Office's narcotics unit, was executing a search warrant at a home on East Lizzie Street in Selma Saturday night when the owner confronted him with a gun, authorities said.

Guseman fired a shot at the man, which missed him, ricocheted off an unidentified object and hit a 16-year-old girl who was visiting the house, authorities said.

The girl, whose name wasn't released, was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Michael King and Brenda Russell, who live in the house, face multiple drug charges in connection with a three-month undercover drug operation, authorities said.

The incident is under review by the State Bureau of Investigation.


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  • Always160 Jun 20, 2007

    Every Deputy has the right to defend themselves and to go home to their families. I am proud of Deputy Guseman and every other member of the Johnston County Sheriff's Department.

  • Megan2007 Jun 20, 2007

    "Guseman fired a shot at the man, which missed him, ricocheted off an unidentified object and hit a 16-year-old girl who was visiting the house, authorities said."

    It clearly states that it ricocheted off... how are you susposed to have pratice to kno that where your shot will ricochet?!?!?! its not the officers fight he was tryin to protect himself just like yall would of done in his situation... Give him a break all of yall that are talkin bout its his fault must not know what he does for a living...sick of thugs 4 says it well...

  • Sidekick Jun 20, 2007

    The deputy did not lose his job. He is on admin. leave. The girl was negligent by being in the house. The fault is the man who answered the police with a weapon.

    The deputies did not knock and say 'Candygram!'.

  • Adelinthe Jun 20, 2007

    "Accidents happen. She was not hit on purpose. The deputy was defending himself. Give him his job back."

    AMEN!!! They were in squad cars and uniforms. There was no room to suppose the police were anything other than what they were, so there was no good reason for anyone to answer the door with a gun in their hand.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • alwaysCool Jun 20, 2007

    Accidents happen. She was not hit on purpose. The deputy was defending himself. Give him his job back.

  • none123 Jun 20, 2007

    "think they need some target shooting lessions from the wake county sheriffs dept."

    Ok people. No one is 100% when they are staring down the barrel of a gun. There are several weighing matters on the mind when faced with imminent danger. You are thinking about your wife, children, your own life, is the suspect holding a weapon, am I justified in this particular shooting, how is my sight alignment, what is the suspects next move, how many rounds do I have left, have I hit the suspect coupled with the fear of really being shot. It is not pleasant and I do not look foward to it nor do I wish it on any other law enforcement officer. All these factors are hard to deal with and can throw off your shooting. I think the safest bet is to not deal drugs or hang out with drug dealers and you won't have fear of being hit with a ricochet or shot.

  • Tarheelz1 Jun 20, 2007

    known drug house, man answers door with gun, 16 year old at known drug house. enough said..

  • bucknakedn4cer Jun 20, 2007

    it's a shame that anyone would even have the thought that this deputy was wrong in his acts. he's getting paid less than a person that manages a fast food restaurant to run into houses where people are known to be drug dealers and in this case have guns in the house. take a step back and put yourself in his shoes. let me pay you $30,000 to run into a house where someone is going to try to take your life over a $20 piece of crack cocaine and see how you react. this is not what these deputies do once in a life time but what they have to face everyday. and unless you do this for a living yourself then you should not judge those who do.

  • illegals--GO HOME Jun 20, 2007

    stoney...that was said in jest...right? Study the national statistics, officers who can shoot 100% consistently in firearms training still only hit an intended target in live shootings involving weapons being used against them only 25% of the total rounds fired! With the adrenaline jolt comes high, rapid heartbeat and accelerated breathing which affects aim and trigger pull, affecting delivery of the projectile to the intended target. Unless you have faced a weapon being used towards you, you know not of what you speak ! ! ! Been there, done that, and survived...thank God. Moving targets and moving officers make for less than ideal situations as the gut instinct is to get a round off to put the suspect down and the finess of trigger squeeze is abandoned ! ! At the same time you are firing, you are also trying to find cover to get behind...a million things are happening at once it seems. Don't be so critical please.

  • clickclackity2 Jun 19, 2007

    Johnston County being in the news has slowed down a bit this year. I remember last year, there was a something horrible going on every other week.