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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  • by bobby Location: duplin on Apr 15, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    deputy dawson , thank you for your bravery and your hard work our prayers are with you and you family. i know you have something that will be with you forever. just remember god has a plan for all that happened. god speed and be safe out there.keep your chin up and be proud.
  • by Katie Location: Vanceboro on Apr 15, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    Thank you for all you have done and do. God Bless you and your family! Get better soon.
  • by Teresa Location: Greeneville on Apr 14, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    Get well soon.Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.To Mr.Ricky words can't express how we feel.I watched Allen grow in too a handsome young man,from Tee ball to driving.He will forever leave a footprint in our hearts.
  • by Emilee & David Tyndall Location: La Grange NC on Apr 14, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    David Tyndall PayPay is so thankful you are doing well:)He was worried about ya!We all were!I think alot of your daddy I call him tweety he`s had a big impact on my life I know you are just like your father.And that make you awesome.You are a true hero Ryan and be strong!May God bless you and your family!And the family of the beloved Allen Pearson Gone but not forgotten:) And I agree with everyone else if you have no respect for others or others feelings don`t waste your time posting such a hateful comment.Both Allen & Ryan among our whole law enforcements families and friends are in greats shock and disbelief of losing such and awesome person Allen Ricky Pearson Jr.
  • by Millicent Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    To me. We will try not to make this post about us, but thanks for clearing things up. Thanks Detective Dawson and his family. Good luck and be safe.
  • by Michael Lane Location: La Grange VFD on Apr 14, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    To the Pearson family you are in our thoughts and prayers, and may you find comfort in the coming days. Ryan, Shannon and I are glad you're ok. We'll be praying for a speedy recovery.
  • by Millicent Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    To me. What is the purpose of your comment. It means nothing to no one. Thanks to all law enforcement that protect us and keep us safe.
  • by me Location: nc on Apr 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    To everyone who has a problem with my post. It wasn't meant to sound negative. I was wondering if he would give an account of what happened, or would he tell his story to the reporters. I DID NOT mean to sound disrespectful to any one. If that's the way I sounded then I'M SORRY. I apologize. I surely didn't mean any harm by asking the question.
  • by ProudtoKnowThem Location: Grifton, NC on Apr 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    To Me: I have a hard time believing that WITN would even post your comments. Detective Dawson has been through enough in the past week and your comments are not necessary nor appreciated by the community to which he and Detective Pearson were protecting. You should should be ashamed of your behavior and WITN should remove your comments. This is the type of behavior that leads to these unfortunate situations. Ryan: The service that you and the entire law enforcement community provide is so appreciated! Know that you, Beverly and your children are in our prayers.
  • by Ashley Location: Grifton on Apr 14, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    The purpose of Ryan speaking is because our whole community wants to hear personally that he is ok. We care in Kinston about all that protect us. I am glad that Ryan is doing so well and he is able to speak on his behalf and on Allen's. The whole community is hurting by this lost, but it brings comfort to us to know that Ryan is doing well and that he is going to continue to serve our community.
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