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.