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Martin County deputy killed in line of duty

Posted December 8, 2009

A deputy in Martin County was killed Tuesday morning when a suspect shot him, the sheriff's office there said.

Charles “Charlie” Douglas Brown Jr., 38, was among officers responding to a call about a man with a gun.

They found Jerry Lee Pace Jr., 36, at 1710 W. Main St. in Williamston, armed with a rifle, the sheriff's office said.

When officers ordered Pace to drop his weapon, he opened fire, fatally wounding Brown.

A Williamston police officer then shot and killed Pace, the sheriff's office said.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shots fired by the law enforcement officers, which is a standard procedure.

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


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  • itsmyownopinion Dec 9, 2009

    What a tragedy. Condolences to his family.

  • lorivalentine1 Dec 9, 2009

    Sad for the officers family. What a senseless waste of a life. Regardless of why the guy had a gun and if it was his right, in this day and age with so many thugs out there killing people on a regular basis, it only makes good common sense to listen to officers who are directing you to put down a gun. Honestly, what did this guy think would happen if he refused to put his gun down?? Now 2 lives were snuffed out.

  • ifcdirector Dec 9, 2009

    This is so sad and he was so young. I know his family and that dog are going to miss him too.

  • thepeopleschamp Dec 9, 2009

    dwf1205, in your hypothetical about beinjg on your own property, I am 100% pro gun ownership too but how on earth is an LEO supposed to know who is who when they go to a call? The smart thing to do is to simply put the gun down and follow instructions. If you are on your property and its your gun I don't know any LEO who would have a problem with that, once they confirm who you are. LEO's are not mind readers.

  • dwf1205 Dec 9, 2009

    I consider my question answered. "Deputy Brown was responding to a call in Williamston about a man who was walking down the street and firing a gun." It's still a sad day for the families of all involved. :( God bless our LEOs!

  • dwf1205 Dec 9, 2009

    Da Toy Maker, that'd be right - I'm OK with my neighbors walking around outside next door w/ a gun. It scares the living daylights outta me that it's possible one day, while cleaning my "assault rifle" outside of my townhouse(my wife hates the chemical smell of Rem Oil), that someone could call the cops and report a man w/ a gun (as if that's a crime and not a natural right), and when they get here in my hypothetical situation, not respect my rights, bark off an order I may or may not hear, and then reach to draw their weapon, putting us both in danger. As a citizen, you're dang right I wanna know if this is what happened here and I demand an answer!

  • wildcat Dec 9, 2009

    A human being is shot and killed

    Thats life!

  • Vietnam Vet Dec 9, 2009

    I was not commenting about a person's right to comment. I was pointing out where it seems our priorities are. A human being is shot and killed and there are relatively few comments posted. Yet another story that shouldn't even be an issue in the first place rates 3 times more comments? I just don't get it!!

  • wildcat Dec 9, 2009

    146 comments dealing with where Clay Aiken is going to vote!

    What is your point! People do have a right to their opinion and comment.

  • wildcat Dec 9, 2009

    My condolences to the officer's family and friends.