During the past five years there have been at least 85 fatal law enforcement shootings in North Carolina.
Not every police agency requests the SBI to investigate, but in those that do there have already been 3 fatal shootings this year before today's shooting in Onslow County.
2008 had a particularly high number of shootings, with 28. In 2007 there were just 10, while in 2006 the number stood at 16. For 2005 and 2004 there were 14 fatal shootings by police officers.
The last deadly law enforcement shooting in Eastern Carolina that was investigated by the SBI happened last August in Craven County. In that case, the SBI showed, and the district attorney concurred that the deputy was justified in shooting the man.