Sheriff: Man stabbed deputy in less than 3 seconds
Sheriff Clee Atkinson said the 32-year-old suspect "lunged out with the knife" as soon as the caller opened the door for deputies.
Soon as the collar opens the door, 32 year old African American mayor lunges out with the knife. And I tell you guys watching this on video. My deputy was stabbed within three seconds. And so it makes us all ponder when we talk about de escalation and who comes to these kind of calls. My deputies had no time to react three seconds and he was staying. Yeah the corporal was on the porch with the call as she opens the door at 2 10 PM. The third deputy of white male arise as a stabbing is occurring so he's getting out of the truck and witnesses witnesses all of this Within 2- three sacks of my corporate stabbed two times. And the suspect is running at the 2nd deputy with a large tactical style pocket knife. Deputies fired the weapon striking the suspect. The suspect was deceased at the scene before arrival of BMS north Carolina. Forestry agents were who were monitored the radio and thank God for those brothers. They were monitoring the radio and they heard the call, heard the call and they arrived and provided first aid to my damage that had been stabbed thankful and I'm grateful for those brothers because they were monitoring the radio and they they arrived at my heart. Uh It's fear with joe. Every time I think about those jobs a corporate was taken, divided medical and gravel treated and released and recovering at home to see his face to talk to him. It was a joint uh if any leader does that ever even thought about losing a deputy is tough. The FBI takes over the crime scene. All three deputies were in body cams capturing, capturing the incident turned over to the FBI. Mhm. And to all leaders and law enforcement we We received our body camps in 2021 of the best investment and the biggest investment we've made Since I was appointed sheriff in 2017. Body cams its transparency at its best for the comfort the families and law enforcement. Any leader out here that does not have bodycams, please get them uh suspect had a history of mental illness. We had responded to this residence three times for him recently. And another address. Once We had three deputies involved. My corporate two deputies are are on administrative leave while the FBI continues to investigate mental illness to our local and our state leaders. My law enforcement friends all across the state law enforcement and families. We need help. We need long term facilities. I also adore more today than than ever dealing with people suffering from mental illness. It's in my family, it's in yours. Our core values of respect, integrity and professionalism. We stand on these every day. I'm asking that our citizens stand behind my office and my community during this trying time. It is always difficult when a life is taken because of this all of our hearts are hurting. That is why I stand before your next that you pray for office and our citizens and the family during this difficult time and doing such a tough job. We all can do better as we work towards mental health reform and it's needed. There was a hero in this play yesterday. It wasn't the sheriff. It wasn't a major, it wasn't a chief deputy. It wasn't a captain, it wasn't a lieutenant. He was my corporate, my deputy. He protected the collar despite being stabbed. He remained calm, still providing professional instructions To the other two deputies on the scene. Yeah, he's a hero. Not me. Him. There are three days behind me so you can see three nights one or 2 closer. It would have been 1/4 name on his board. But I think that he built a fence around my deputies. Just thank you to the Tarboro Police department, the north Carolina highway patrol, north Carolina Forestry service, north Carolina DNB inspectors that arrived on the scene. It's come county M. S. We love you guys nash county Sheriff's office. The rock amount Police department divided medical staff that were professional. There were patient. They were loving. It's all my 99 sheriff's across the state of north Carolina. The text, the love the uplift through this difficult time. I needed it. The Greeneville Police Department and to anyone that I left out from sheriff acts in an income county sheriff's office. We appreciate you, pray for the family, pray for us. Thank you guys so much. Mhm. Yeah