Autopsy Shows Armored Vest Failed To Stop Bullet That Killed Deputy

An autopsy shows a Lenoir County deputy sheriff, killed in a shootout three months ago, died after his armored vest did not stop a bullet from a high-powered rifle.

Deputy Allen Pearson was shot when an armed man, who was a suspect in a woman's death, opened fire in Tick Bite.

The autopsy, which was obtained by WITN News, says the bullet entered the deputy's left shoulder and caused fatal damage in his chest.

The report from the Brody School of Medicine says "examination of the clothing demonstrated a defect of the shoulder plate of the deputy's tactical vest." But Major Chris Hill says that defect was caused by the bullet. He says the armored vest Pearson was wearing was less than five years old.

Deputy Ryan Dawson was also injured in the shooting, and he returned to work July 1st. Gunman Clarence Douglas Phillips was killed by return gunfire.


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  • by Kimberly Winter Location: Kinston on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    Allen we love you & miss you so much!! All I have left to say is We are honored to know you & have known you. You were a great person & we love you sweety. We are all here for Katie & all the family. You and Ryan & all the other officers there were Hero's that night & early morning. So RIP-LC-105. We all think of you everyday & you will always be our Angel. So keep that smirk on your face that you always had & remember we are thinking of you everyday sweety. Much love too you Angel P.S. I know you love seeing Katie sitting in That CAROLINA Chair WOO HOO!!!! :)
  • by Anonymous. on Jul 14, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    We all have the freedom of speech which we have all shared here. In memory of Allen, let us all end the arguement/discussion or whatever you want to call it about the autopsy being on the news and the vest that he wore. What's done is done and there's nothing we can do to change it. If anyone has any comments that are in memory of Allen please share but let's all stop the discussion over trivial matters when what really matters is that a young man lost his life and people are hurting. To Katherine, Mr. Rickie, and the entire family, you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Just leave this jerk alone. He obviously takes great pleasure in stirring the pot and hurting peoples feelings. The less we respond to Reality Check, the less his/her arrogance/ignorance will be able to prevail. We all know the truth, that Allen Pearson is a hero. That Allen Pearson was a great person. Allen Pearson loved his wife more than anyone knew, and he loved his family too. He loved his God and his Savior, and is basking in His light as this is being typed. So, let us all just not respond to this person. He'll never get the best of us.
  • by Reality Check on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    That's right. Pray all you want. It won't change the way I think.
  • by Kevin Location: Goldsboro on Jul 10, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    As far as the vest, there was nothing wrong with it. Any vest would not be able to stop a high powered rifle from five feet away. Reality Check... I am continuing to pray for you. I am Allen's widow's brother-in-law. All that people are asking you to do is be respectful. If you can't do that, you need to move on to something else. Obviously, you have no respect for law enforcement or anyone else for that matter.
  • by Kimberly Winter Location: Kinston on Jul 9, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    Just wandering why I cant see my comment?
  • by Reality Check on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Additionally, Ms. Winter, take a lesson in English 101 or Basic Writing Skills. Your rambling tirade is a little hard to comprehend. I am exercising my right to free speech as you do. It seems you have a problem with reality, as well. The sooner you look at life as a realist, the easier things become.
  • by wfh Location: lenoir on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    It was not the vest that killed Allen, it was the man who pulled the trigger. The media needs to back off and give the family time to mourn. The person at fault for our fallen brother is doing his time in hell. Be respectful WITN!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    I agree with Wolfgang 100%. No body armor will stop a direct shot from any high powered firearm. Maybe someday there will be a lightweight body armor that will work.
  • by Kimberly Winter Location: Kinston, NC on Jul 9, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    I would just like to say to Reality Check, how dare you get up here & leave a comment like that. While one of my best Friends has lost her husband & the family has loss there son, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law- & Uncle, & the fellow officers have lost there brother. Let me give you a Reality Check what has happened in April in LC is not over for us. To you Allen might not be inportant but to us & this community he was. We have to live ever day without him, his wife has try & move on & she cant cant she's stuck along with the family & friends. So for you your right it's over for you so dont you have the nerve to post something about this again. So here's to a REALITY CHECK Buddy stay away from this & hope the lord will help u cause honey u need it. I will not allow Allen's Death & the family & friends pain be your way of feeling better about yourself because you have issues. REALITY is we live with this U DONT SO BUTT OUT!! Dont you DARE DISRESPECT ALLEN or the family again!!!
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