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Sampson County deputies involved in standoff

Posted September 16, 2009
Updated September 19, 2009

— Sampson County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a standoff Wednesday at about 5 p.m. at a home on the 400 block of Butler Island Road in Roseboro.

A mental health patient inside the home said he was going to commit suicide and when deputies arrived they heard gunshots, according to Capt. Eric Pope, with the Sampson County Sheriff's Office.

The man was armed with a rifle and challenged the deputies, Pope said.

One of the deputies returned fire and the man ran into a shed behind the house, Pope said.

Just before 9 p.m., deputies were able to lure the unharmed man out of the building. A Taser gun was used to subdue him, Pope said.

The man, whose name was not released, was transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

No deputies were injured.


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  • madisongunter Sep 17, 2009

    unharmed........he was armed! and their were shots fired!

  • WHEEL Sep 17, 2009

    Was he "unharmed" or "unarmed" or both?

  • madisongunter Sep 17, 2009

    Jimmy Thornton is an awesome sheriff!!! Vote for Jimmy in the upcoming elections Sampson County!!!!!!!

  • madisongunter Sep 17, 2009

    I'm so proud of our Sheriff's Department! Way to go SCSD!

  • vote4changeASAP Sep 17, 2009

    Great job Sampson County deputies.

    Law enforcement in Randolph County could use some training from you.