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District Attorney Says Deputies Were Justified In Killing Carteret County Man


Carteret County (WITN) - The district attorney says the shooting death of a Carteret County man by two deputies was justifiable.

Last Friday, 54-year-old Michael Peters was shot after deputies say the man was armed with several handguns and fired at officers.

Authorities say it started out as a domestic situation at the man's apartment on Highway 24 outside of Newport.

Peters told deputies over the phone he did not want to live and as they arrived he was seen inside his vehicle. They say he ran into his residence and a negotiator talked to the man for almost an hour before he came out firing around 5:00 p.m. Special response team deputies returned fire, killing Peters.

D.A. Scott Thomas says both he and the State Bureau of Investigation agree that the shooting of Peters was a justified use of lethal force and that no charges will be brought against the two deputies.

Thomas says the investigation showed that Peters told deputies that he was going to commit "suicide by cop", forcing officers to shoot and kill him.


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A Carteret County man was killed after a standoff with deputies Friday afternoon.

Deputies say Michael Peters was armed with several handguns, firing them in each hand at lawmen as he left his Highway 24 apartment.

It started around 3:30 p.m. after deputies say they began investigating a domestic situation involving death threats. A preliminary investigation shows the 54-year-old man was upset about his current living and marital situation.

Peters told deputies over the phone he did not want to live and as they arrived he was seen inside his vehicle. They say he ran into his residence and a negotiator talked to the man for almost an hour before he came out firing around 5:00 p.m. Special response team deputies returned fire, killing Peters.

As is standard procedure in any officer involved shooting, the SBI has been called in to investigate while the deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave.


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