MAXTON, N.C. — An agent with the State Bureau of Investigation was involved in a shooting in Robeson County on Tuesday.
The SBI confirmed that agent Donovan Mitchell Deaver, of the Southeastern District, shot a suspect during an altercation Tuesday morning. Deaver was placed on administrative leave pending an invesigation.
The incident occurred at 1899 Red Hill Road, where the victim's girlfriend lives, near Maxton.
The victim was identified as Sammy Bailey, Jr.
Deaver reportedly was investigating Bailey in another case when the altercation broke out.
Bailey was transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg with two gunshot wounds in the upper torso. He was admitted to the intensive care unit in critical condition and later underwent surgery.
The SBI's Professional Standards Unit is investigating. Agents from other SBI districts have been brought in to conduct the investigation.
According to the father of Bailey's girlfriend, the SBI agents came to the residence looking for Bailey, who was not there at the time, and did not identify themselves as SBI agents. He said his daughter did not answer the door and called Bailey on the phone after becoming frightened.
The SBI agents reportedly left and then returned after Bailey came over to the home. This time, Bailey answered the door after the agents knocked, and then the altercation began.
According to the state Department of Justice, Bailey displayed a firearm at Deaver and an agent from the Internal Revenue Service who were conducting the investigation.