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Roanoke Rapids man killed in officer-involved shooting was shot in head

Posted October 24, 2013

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— A 28-year-old Roanoke Rapids man shot and killed by deputies in July died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy report released Thursday by the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville.

Authorities say Garrett Nelson Brooks led sheriff's deputies from Wilson and Johnston counties on a chase after he allegedly robbed a convenience store in Smithfield, carjacked someone on July 21.

The pursuit ended on N.C. Highway 42 near Interstate 95 in Wilson County, with Brooks being killed.

According to a toxicology report, he had a blood alcohol concentration of .11 and had traces of an antidepressant drug in his blood.

Two deputies, John Harris, 30, of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, and Robert Raetz, 41, of the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, were identified as being involved in the shooting.

Authorities have not said what led them to fire at Brooks.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case. The status of the investigation wasn't clear Thursday night.

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  • Viewer Oct 25, 2013

    The cops were threatened is why they shot him

    From the WRAL July report "WRAL News video from the scene shows two damaged police cruisers. One appears to have been in a crash; the other appears to have bullet-hole damage."

    tres1p Read the original story it is linked to this story.

  • bdu4dals2 Oct 25, 2013

    tres1p...be sure to realize robbed a store, carjacked someone, and was involved in a pursuit....not something a litterbug would do. At the end of the day, cops go home to their family in doing their job. Bad guys 0, cops 1. I'll take a clean head shot over center of mass, bad guys are starting to wear a vest too.

  • albegadeep Oct 25, 2013

    tres1p, read it again - "led sheriff's deputies... on a chase after he allegedly robbed a convenience store in Smithfield, carjacked someone on July 21... he had a blood alcohol concentration of .11 and had traces of an antidepressant drug in his blood."

    NOT just some guy the police pulled over and shot. And there's no mention of him NOT having a weapon either - "Authorities have not said what led them to fire at Brooks."

    Even the photo is "courtesy of Virginia Department of Corrections" - implying that he had trouble with the law previously.

    Wait for the facts before condemning the police.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 25, 2013

    Good shot by the officers...not that they were trying to shoot him there. People trained to handle firearms are taught to aim at center body mass. The guy ducked, it got clocked in the head.

  • tres1p Oct 25, 2013

    WOW no mention of a weapon on the victim and he gets hot in the head??????????????interesting that ppl now feel that every criminal NO MATTER WHAT THE ACT DESERVES DEATH... I hope these same ppl feel the same if someone in their family is caught stealing or littering, run a red light, etc...smdh. It's alway right UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW...

  • kre2 Oct 25, 2013

    I say, "good shot". Or is WRAL saying that they have only wounded him? Either way, one less criminal to worry about.

  • westernwake1 Oct 25, 2013

    "Roanoke Rapids man killed in officer-involved shooting was shot in head"

    Why does it matter where he was shot. Do we need to give the deputy a medal for his accurate shooting in eliminating this criminal threat?