FIRST ON WITN: Injured Deputy Speaks About Shooting

A deputy who was injured in last week's shootout that left his partner and the gunman dead spoke to reporters today.

Deputy Ryan Dawson was released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon and was seen at the sheriff's office Monday.

Deputy Dawson was in good spirits when he met with reporters. He still has a small patch over the back of his neck where he says a bullet fragment nicked him.

Dawson, whose partner, Deputy Allen Pearson, was killed in the shootout, says like everyone else he is trying to get through Pearson's death. He was able to attend Saturday's funeral and said that was tough for him.

The deputy says he didn't know he had been shot until he reached up to his neck after feeling a burning sensation.

Dawson, who has a wife, an 8-year-old daughter, and a 14 month old son, comes from a law enforcement family. His father is a retired detective sergeant and currently a court bailiff, while his grandfather was a captain with Lenoir County. He says he's spent his whole life as either a volunteer or in law enforcement and he doesn't regret it.

Dawson says he wants to return to work, but just when is dependent on his doctors right now.

He said when he returned home Friday his neighborhood welcomed him back and then his morning he was greeted by some ten deputies when he stepped into the sheriff's office.

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