Suspect's Father Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Son Killed By Police

By: April Davis/ Hilary Magacs
By: April Davis/ Hilary Magacs

A lawsuit has been filed in a 2009 shooting that killed Martin County Deputy Charlie Brown and another man. Two years ago Thursday, Brown was shot responding to a call regarding Jerry Lee Pace Junior. Pace was also shot and killed. An SBI investigation cleared the law enforcement officers and stated they acted appropriately.

Pace's father, Jerry Pace Senior, has now filed a wrongful death civil suit in U.S. district court and is seeking $1 million. He's suing Martin County Sheriff Dan Gibbs, former Williamston Police Chiefs Steve Smith and James Grubbs, and other police officers and deputies.

Pace alleges in the lawsuit that after Brown fired on December 8, 2009, other officers wildly fired, killing both his son and Brown. Sheriff Gibbs tells WITN the SBI told him Pace fired first.

As far as Pace's claim his son didn't get proper medical treatment and therefore died, Sheriff Gibbs said that's not so; emergency personnel tried to save both Pace and Deputy Brown.

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