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Lee Co. Deputy, Suspect Shot in Burlington Drug Sting

Posted January 10, 2008
Updated January 11, 2008

— A suspect in a multi-agency drug investigation shot a Lee County sheriff's deputy and was then shot himself by a second officer in Burlington late Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter identified deputy Charles William Dew, 28, as part of that ongoing investigation. Undercover officers had previously watched three suspects at several locations in Alamance County.

The investigation brought Dew to 409 Anthony St. in Burlington, where the suspects had moved, on Thursday, Burlington police said.

Dew was to exchange money for drugs with one of the suspects, but the suspect decided to take both the money and the drugs. He shot Dew and then tried to flee, along with two other suspects, police said.

Back-up officers from the Alamance County Sheriff's Office caught two of the suspects.

Officers confronted the third suspect at a second location on South Anthony Street. During the confrontation, the suspect was shot in the face, police said.

The Burlington Police Department received calls about a shooting in the 400 block of South Anthony Street shortly before 3 p.m.

Dew was taken to Alamance Regional Hospital, where was treated for a non-life-threatening leg wound. He was expected to recover, officials said.

The wounded suspect was transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Authorities said they did not know his condition on Thursday evening and did not release any of the suspects' names.

Burlington police requested the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the shootings. SBI agents planned to interview officers and witnesses and collect evidence throughout the rest of Thursday.


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  • reality4sure Jan 11, 2008

    It seems to me that the only time a Law Enforcement Officer involved in an encounter where suspect(s) get hurt is when the Officer gets injured as well.

    Would Deputy have had these positive remarks if he had not been shot? Or would it then have been excessive force?

  • Godschild43 Jan 11, 2008

    My prayers goes out to this police officer.wishing hime a speedy recover. HE WAS ONLY DOING HIS JOB.

  • christinathefern Jan 11, 2008

    People, it's Deputy DEW..not Drew..D E W
    Sorry, but he took one for the team, and we need to get his name right:)

  • 1crazygirl Jan 11, 2008

    Here is the link to the Sanford Herald...http://www.sanfordherald.com/index.php?pSetup=sanfordherald&curDate=20080111

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 11, 2008

    I hope Officer Drew has a complete and speedy recovery. He should be commended for his service as well as the other officers. Unfortunately this is just another of the incidents where people end up injured over this "drug war" that we are not winning. As long as there are profits such as they are, we will never win this war. Dr. Ron Paul has a reasonable alternative to incidents like this happening, give him a look and let's get back to liberty without these terrible incidents happening.

  • imacoppiceman Jan 11, 2008

    Wishing Officer drew a speedy recovery, and anyone who thinks all LEO'S are cowards should think about the guts it takes to go undercover with the worst thugs there are

  • buckos18 Jan 10, 2008

    Score another one for the good guys.....

  • something2say Jan 10, 2008

    Thank you to all LEO officers! I could never do what you do but I appreciate you doing your best to keep us safe! I hope this officer is recovering well and gets recognized for his service as I believe all LEO should!
    On the other side, could you look the other way when I lose track of my speed!

  • pwilliamson53 Jan 10, 2008

    Thank you to the LEO's and hopefully a speedy recovery for office Drew. One at a time or a whole bunch, they will learn the public is against drugs.

  • Ladder1 Jan 10, 2008

    I guess some of you idiots want to legalize cocaine too...glad to hear the officer is ok and the street is free of 3 more pieces of garbage. Thank you to all LEO's for what you do...