The family of a wounded deputy has issued a statement.
Detective Ryan Dawson is now in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital after being shot late Tuesday night outside of Grifton.
"Our family wishes to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and concern for Ryan. We are so grateful to Lenoir County EMS, EastCare, Pitt County Memorial Hospital and most especially the Lenoir County Sheriff's Department for all their support and efforts in caring for Ryan during this very difficult time. We would also like to thank the many law enforcement agencies that have stopped by, called or offered support for our family in so many ways.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ryan's friend & partner, Allen Pearson, and will continue to keep his family in our prayers."
-- Beverly Dawson, wife of Detective Ryan Dawson, and the Dawson Family