District Attorney: No Charges In Fatal Shooting By Deputy

There will be no charges filed in a deadly shooting two weeks ago involving an Onslow County deputy sheriff.

Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson says a State Bureau of Investigation probe into the death of John Traub shows the shooting was justified.

Hudson refused to release the name of the deputy involved in the shooting.

Traub was killed March 18th after a brief standoff with deputies.

The SBI investigation says Traub's girlfriend was concerned that he may hurt himself so she called 911.

The first deputy to arrive asked Traub to leave the trailer so he could make sure the man was okay. Traub, according to the report, responded with curses and threats to kill the deputy.

The report says Traub threw a lamp out a window and used a 9mm handgun to break out the rest of the glass.

The SBI says other deputies arrived and set up locations around the trailer. Traub was told several times to drop his weapon. The report says the initial deputy then observed Traub pointing his gun at another deputy who was exposed. The deputy fired one round, striking Traub in the chest.

They found Traub lying on his bed, on his back, with the 9mm still in his hand and his funger on the trigger.

The SBI says they interviewed two eyewitnesses not connected to law enforcement, one a neighbor and another an Alcoholics Anonymous counselor who had arrived after being called by Traub's girlfriend. The SBI says those witnesses collaborated what deputies say happened before the shooting.

Traub's sister was at the district attorney's news conference, but chose not to talk to the media.

The deputy involved in the shooting has returned to work.

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