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Dashcam video captures chase, fatal officer-involved shooting

Posted September 5, 2013

— Authorities on Thursday released video of a July police chase in that began in Smithfield and ended in Wilson, where officers shot and killed the suspect.

Garrett Nelson Brooks, 28, of Roanoke Rapids, died during the July 21 incident. The State Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the case as it does anytime an officer shoots a civilian, said Thursday it has not concluded its work.

The two deputies identified as being involved in the shooting – John Harris, 30, of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, and Robert Raetz, 41, of the Johnston County Sheriff's Office – were on administrative leave following the shooting but have since returned to work.

dashcam video Dashcam video: Deadly chase from Smithfield to Wilson

Authorities said Brooks robbed a Kangaroo convenience store on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield and carjacked someone at a nearby car wash before leading authorities on a chase that ended on N.C 42, near Interstate 95, in Wilson.

Selma police released the video, which shows about 35 minutes of the chase concluding with the driver spinning out of control and the sound of shots being fired. It is unclear from the video who is firing a weapon.


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  • NoObamaCare Sep 6, 2013

    dookie4life-Agreed! The constraints they place upon chasing someone that is fleeing and eluding are for a reason. It is to prevent the public from being in harms way the best they can when in a high speed pursuit. Saying and doing are very different. Until you have been in their shoes, don't judge about what you would or would not do.

  • dookie4life Sep 6, 2013

    Itneverchanges, I would love too see how well you do following the same protocols that they have to follow. If someone runs you don't immediately run them off the road into a wall. Itneverchanges, keyboard warriors united! Lol

  • same ole story Sep 6, 2013

    WOW! No wonder so many innocent people are hurt in police chases!! It took them over a half hour to stop this guy?!?!?! With at least 5 cop cars chasing him he is either a professional driver or the cops are really bad drivers??? The best part is about 5 minutes in when one cop hits another cop with his car?!?! Barney Fife is alive and well in Mayberry RFD............

  • tendonut Sep 6, 2013

    Come on WRAL, can you give us more than a thumbnail video and a full screen video? How about something in the middle?

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 5, 2013

    Them boys did a fine job. save the tax payers a lot of money, yet the SBI is dragging it's feet to keep that money coming in.