Local News

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified

Posted July 22, 2013

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The State Bureau of Investigation has identified a suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting over the weekend after he allegedly robbed a Smithfield convenience store and carjacked someone before leading authorities on a chase that ended in Wilson County.

Jennifer Canada, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Justice, identified the man in Sunday morning's shooting as Garrett Nelson Brooks, 28, of Roanoke Rapids.

Canada said Monday that the SBI was called in to investigate the case – a normal procedure whenever a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting – at the request of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said Sunday that the chase ended on N.C. Highway 42, near Interstate 95, following a robbery at Kangaroo Express, at 1137 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. in Smithfield, and a robbery and carjacking in the parking lot of American Pride Car Wash, also on North Bright Leaf Boulevard.

According to a police report, a Wilson County sheriff's vehicle was significantly damaged, as well as the SUV Brooks allegedly stole at the car wash and had been driving.

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.

Brooks' criminal record includes several misdemeanor charges in North Carolina in 2003 and 2005, but all of them were voluntarily dismissed.

Virginia court records, however, indicate that he was released from prison on Nov. 27, 2012, after serving 3.5 years on several burglary and grand larceny charges from 2007 until 2010.

17 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Skywatch_NC Jul 25, 2013

    I grew up riding horses with him and his family. So sad his life ended this way. I never would have thought he would turn out this way. Prayers for his family and the officers' as well.

    Garrett, his parents and sister attended the same church that my folks and I did for a few years. I remember a Bible object lesson one time that his parents gave outside on the church property with a mare of theirs and its colt.

  • greg69innc Jul 23, 2013

    It is just sad and wish to see a young man make something of himself rather than have the choices he made to lead to a tragic end like this

  • ncrph08 Jul 23, 2013

    I grew up riding horses with him and his family. So sad his life ended this way. I never would have thought he would turn out this way. Prayers for his family and the officers' as well.

  • #7 Jul 23, 2013

    At least the LEO's saved us tax payers some money.

  • Chili Jul 22, 2013

    An unfilled tattoo, like the one he has, means that a friend has been murdered. When you kill the killer you fill the tattoo in completely.

  • westernwake1 Jul 22, 2013

    "Whats does the teardrop-by-the-eye tattoo signify?....I see it all too often on these mugshots." - Eightball

    It normally signifies that they have killed someone. One teardrop for each person they have killed.

  • Istanbul Jul 22, 2013

    We can be grateful this criminal wont have the opportunity to commit any more crimes,
    Thank you to the officer who applied the necessary justice.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 22, 2013

    8ball, In the United States, it can mean the wearer has killed someone and each teardrop may indicate the number of people killed or the number of life sentences. The number of teardrops may indicate the number of years spent in prison, or the number of times the wearer was raped.

    Seems like he was a nice kid. *eyeroll*

  • BeKind Jul 22, 2013

    I have heard the teardrop means they have killed someone.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jul 22, 2013

    "Whats does the teardrop-by-the-eye tattoo signify?"

    That's a gang symbol.
    It seems we should all be grateful that guy is off the streets and will no longer be a burden on the taxpayers.

More...