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Person County deputy shoots man during traffic stop

Posted June 1

— A Person County sheriff's deputy shot a man in the hand and thigh early Sunday after the man pointed a gun at the deputy during a traffic stop, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputy Benjamin Massey shot Jovien Ross Jr., 21, near Pointer and Park streets in Roxboro at about 12:30 a.m. after Ross got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and pointed a gun at Massey, the sheriff's office said.

Ross was taken to Duke University Hospital and underwent surgery for his injuries, which were not life-threatening.

Ross was on probation for felony breaking and entering and larceny. He now faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony assault on a government official.

Massey was placed on administrative leave, which is standard in officer-involved shootings, while the State Bureau of Investigation investigates.

No other information was released.

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  • Lightfoot3 Jun 3, 11:14 a.m.

    "Are you sure you know what Halliburton actually does? " - dwr1964


    Yes. I do know what Halliburton does. My best friend worked for them in the Middle East. He got rich doing security type stuff. Look up the Halliburton subsidiary known as KBR for some enlightenment. But I wasn't being literal about hiring Halliburton, but was referencing their "no bid" history of lining their pockets.

  • dwr1964 Jun 2, 3:47 p.m.

    "I'll bet you some attorney will try to use, " He wasn't pointing a gun at the officer! He was... View More

    — Posted by Lightfoot3

    Please allow us all into your insight of exactly how a company like Halliburton, has anything at all to do with personal protection? Are you sure you know what Halliburton actually does? Are you sure you know what you actually do?

  • Bullcity34 Jun 2, 1:47 p.m.

    I agree it would be a good idea to video all police/citizen interactions. To my understanding... View More

    — Posted by sinenomine

    Nobody said they were afraid. Please find the funding to put cameras in all patrol cars and the mics to go with it. But people will always find a way to complain about law enforcement

  • sinenomine Jun 2, 1:33 p.m.

    I agree it would be a good idea to video all police/citizen interactions. To my understanding some departments are starting to do exactly that. Such recordings would assist prosecutions of criminals and would protect officers against false claims of misconduct. It would also serve to protect the public against the relatively few officers who do abuse their authority. To those who are dead set against such recordings because they are such huge supporters of law and order I would say "what are you afraid of?"

  • Bullcity34 Jun 2, 1:06 p.m.

    That's why I think all cop/public interactions should be recorded. Protects the cop from false... View More

    You are correct. The cops don't want that, though, and I think we all know why.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Of course Hans you come with your rhetoric of liberal racist views. The big bad police want to... View More

    — Posted by Bullcity34

    He always takes up for the criminal. I guess the old adage of birds of a feather flock together... View More

    — Posted by disgusted2010

    Haha that's the truth. It's always someone else's fault. Take some personal responsibility. If more people did that the world would be a better place

  • disgusted2010 Jun 2, 12:58 p.m.

    That's why I think all cop/public interactions should be recorded. Protects the cop from false... View More

    You are correct. The cops don't want that, though, and I think we all know why.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Of course Hans you come with your rhetoric of liberal racist views. The big bad police want to... View More

    — Posted by Bullcity34

    He always takes up for the criminal. I guess the old adage of birds of a feather flock together is appropriate here.

  • disgusted2010 Jun 2, 12:56 p.m.

    That's why I think all cop/public interactions should be recorded. Protects the cop from false... View More

    You are correct. The cops don't want that, though, and I think we all know why.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    What is your problem with authority?

    You hate guns and law enforcement.

  • Bullcity34 Jun 2, 12:16 p.m.

    That's why I think all cop/public interactions should be recorded. Protects the cop from false... View More

    You are correct. The cops don't want that, though, and I think we all know why.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Of course Hans you come with your rhetoric of liberal racist views. The big bad police want to shoot and kill people and everyone else are victims. Excuse us all if we believe an officer and not a wanna be gang banger and convicted felon punk

  • Gnathostomata Jun 2, 11:30 a.m.

    Deputy Massey, I am thankful that you were able to defend yourself and you were not hurt. A 21 year-old felon with a gun is not your average traffic stop experience, I am sure, but you handled it superbly. Now let's hope the courts send him away for quite a while; he is not a good citizen.

  • Gnathostomata Jun 2, 11:30 a.m.

    Deputy Massey, I am thankful that you were able to defend yourself and you were not hurt. A 21 year-old felon with a gun is not your average traffic stop experience, I am sure, but you handled it superbly. Now let's hope the courts send him away for quite a while; he is not a good citizen.

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