Seventh Law Enforcement Death In North Carolina In 2009

The death of Martin County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Brown is the seventh law enforcement officer fatality in North Carolina this year.

That's according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

One of those tragic deaths was Lenoir County Deputy Allen Pearson. He was shot and killed in Grifton on April 7.

Pearson and his partner, Ryan Dawson, were responding to a
9-1-1 call that a man was shooting his gun off. When they arrived, the gunman opened fire.

The suspect was killed, as was Pearson. Dawson was shot but has since recovered from his injuries.

Nationally, there have been 114 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2009.


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  • by to Larry on Dec 25, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    If THE Law Enforcement was not busy trying to target one group of people than maybe your life would be saved. IT IS YOUR JOB. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE RESIGN!!!!
  • by to richard Location: ummmmmm..no on Dec 9, 2009 at 01:18 AM
    sooo what do you expect the police to do when a weapon is discharged at them? and its called 'law ENFORCEMENT'. its their job to enforce the law, maybe you should be sure and follow it so as not to end up in the back of said squad car! sorry if you cant handle that, but our system is not one of anarchy. yet. im sure with all these little loopholes and criminal rights it will be soon.
  • by NCSHP Location: Wilson on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:12 PM
    This is a tragic story about another law enforcement officer dying in the line of duty. My heart goes out to those in Martin county who have lost a dear brother, father, son, and friend. God speed to all of you and I pray that you have a safe tour of duty.
  • by Whatiswrongwithyou Location: Goldsboro on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    Richard, I see that you have some sort of hate towards Law Enforcement and that is fine. But to comment on a thread about people not only officers dying in the line of duty, that is pretty low. Police and Deputies are first and foremost people. Fathers,Mothers,Sons and Daughters is what we are not just LEO. So please keep your vile attitude and hate for this proffesion to yourself when it comes to talking about the loss of life.
  • by Richard Location: Jacksonville on Dec 8, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    So what's the point of this story? Ok seven law enforcement officers have been killed this year,... AND...So what? Is this more propaganda to try to take our guns away? Sure sounds like it to me! If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. That includes police. If at anytime the fear of getting shot becomes more than they can handle, then let them resign. Seems to me that it is part of the job. Sure it's not as fun as tazeing and beating someone that is unarmed then throwing them in the back of the squad car, but you have to take the good with the bad right?
  • by To Larry on Dec 8, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    That is one heck of a sentence you wrote at least you did include one comma... weather is great too.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Dec 8, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    I have to agree with what Larry is saying. In addition, I would like to see all LEO persons get a major upgrade for their protective clothing/equipment. When the worst of the worst are 'at large', the SWAT Team is called out, and they have lots of protective equipment. How about bullet-proof hats, torso protection? What I'm proposing may sound way out there to some, but it makes perfect sense to me; lets match our LEO's up with the devious, weaponed-up criminals. It's the least we can do for these brave men and women.
  • by Larry Location: Plymouth on Dec 8, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    I was a Deputy in washington co for a year and a half my last day was dec 4 this year the problem is these criminals we arrest get out within hours and are back out doin the same things becouse the sorry supreme court keeps given these criminals rights that they shoudnt be able to have shoot on Thanksgiving night into early black friday morning me and my partner and 2 police officers were shot at and the thugs that were in on it didnt show any cares so why should we care if they get what they deserve in the court sysytem but no some brown nosed lawyer gets up there gets their money who cares if anyone is hurt and get these losers out of troubl where is the justice in that thats the real reason I wanted out of law enforcement cause these lawyers judges and bills make u look like a dummie in front of the courts thats way we get hurt while on duty and aint nothing done unless one of us dies, its sad and my thoughts and prayer go out to all the families who have lost someone.
  • by reader Location: nc on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    Why hasn't the gunman's name been released yet????
  • by Semper Fi on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    My Prayers to the family of Officer Brown. I apperciate your service and a law enforcement officer. Some of us have volunteered to serve in the military but the men and women in law enforcement make it easier on us knowing that they are out there everyday protecting our family and friends from those that would do them harm. God Bless you all.
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