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Martin County deputy killed in line of duty

Posted December 8, 2009 3:54 p.m. EST
Updated December 8, 2009 4:01 p.m. EST

A deputy in Martin County was killed Tuesday morning when a suspect shot him, the sheriff's office there said.

Charles “Charlie” Douglas Brown Jr., 38, was among officers responding to a call about a man with a gun.

They found Jerry Lee Pace Jr., 36, at 1710 W. Main St. in Williamston, armed with a rifle, the sheriff's office said.

When officers ordered Pace to drop his weapon, he opened fire, fatally wounding Brown.

A Williamston police officer then shot and killed Pace, the sheriff's office said.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shots fired by the law enforcement officers, which is a standard procedure.

Brown, a 15-year veteran of law enforcement, is survived by his wife, Cindy, and two daughters.