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Lee Co. Deputy, Suspect Shot in Burlington Drug Sting

Posted January 10, 2008 4:29 p.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2008 7:44 a.m. EST

— A suspect in a multi-agency drug investigation shot a Lee County sheriff's deputy and was then shot himself by a second officer in Burlington late Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter identified deputy Charles William Dew, 28, as part of that ongoing investigation. Undercover officers had previously watched three suspects at several locations in Alamance County.

The investigation brought Dew to 409 Anthony St. in Burlington, where the suspects had moved, on Thursday, Burlington police said.

Dew was to exchange money for drugs with one of the suspects, but the suspect decided to take both the money and the drugs. He shot Dew and then tried to flee, along with two other suspects, police said.

Back-up officers from the Alamance County Sheriff's Office caught two of the suspects.

Officers confronted the third suspect at a second location on South Anthony Street. During the confrontation, the suspect was shot in the face, police said.

The Burlington Police Department received calls about a shooting in the 400 block of South Anthony Street shortly before 3 p.m.

Dew was taken to Alamance Regional Hospital, where was treated for a non-life-threatening leg wound. He was expected to recover, officials said.

The wounded suspect was transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Authorities said they did not know his condition on Thursday evening and did not release any of the suspects' names.

Burlington police requested the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the shootings. SBI agents planned to interview officers and witnesses and collect evidence throughout the rest of Thursday.