Deputy Injured In Shootout Glad To Be Back At Work

A deputy sheriff who lost his partner and was wounded himself in a shootout is glad to be back at work again.

Lenoir County Deputy Ryan Dawson spoke with reporters Thursday morning, three months and one day after the tragedy in Tick Bite. Dawson said he's "just thankful to still be here. It's what we do each day."

Dawson was wounded in the neck, while Deputy Allen Pearson died after being shot in the shoulder. Both were members of the department's Special Response Team. Deputies shot and killed gunman Doug Phillips by return gunfire.

Dawson was released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital just days after the shooting and was able to attend his partner's funeral.

He says he is taking his time getting back into activities with the Special Response Team.

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