Police Identify Two Officers Involved In Deadly Domestic Shooting In Beaufort

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Police have identified two police officers who shot and killed a man Thursday night in Beaufort.

Police Chief Steve Lewis says Detective Eric Sassano and Patrolman Brian Willis remain on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the SBI investigation into the shooting that killed Arthur Page.

Page was shot dead by the two officers as the man was reloading a shotgun, aimed at his sister, according to the chief. Lewis says the man refused multiple demands by the officers to put the weapon down.

Lewis says it started out as a domestic altercation at Susan Salazar's home. The woman ran to a neighbor's home, and the chief says her brother followed her. At the neighbor's home McArthur Wright and Salazar would wounded.

Sassano has been with Beaufort for the past six and a half years, while Willis has been on the force for two years.


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New information tonight in the shooting from Beaufort in Carteret County where

Beaufort Police have released the 911 call made by the wife of a man shot Thursday evening in his home after his neighbor ran there for help. Police say they shot and killed the suspect after he shot his own sister and a neighbor.

Caller: "In the name of Jesus please stop."

911: "Ma'am can you talk with me please?"

Caller: "I am ma'am. My husband has been shot. I can't even go out there. This man has a gun. He's beating up his sister. I don't know if he's going to try and break through and kill me."

Beaufort Police Chief Steve Lewis says Arthur Page was shot dead by 2 of his officers as the man was reloading a shotgun aimed at his sister. Lewis says the man refused multiple demands by the officers to put the weapon down.

Chief Lewis says it started out as a domestic altercation at Susan Salazar's home on Rutledge Avenue. She ran to a neighbor's home, and the chief says her brother followed her. The chief says Page shot through the front door of the home wounding McArthur Wright. At some point, Chief Lewis says Page also shot his sister.

Salazar was released from the hospital while Wright ended up being transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. The officers involved are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, while the investigation continues.
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At a morning news conference, Beaufort Police Chief Steve Lewis gave more details of the shootings on Rutledge Avenue.

He says Arthur Page was shot dead by two of his officers as the man was reloading a shotgun, aimed at his sister. Lewis says the man refused multiple demands by the officers to put the weapon down.

Lewis says it started out as a domestic altercation at Susan Salazar's home. The woman ran to a neighbor's home, and the chief says her brother followed her.

The chief says Page shot through the front door of the home, wounding McArthur Wright. At some point, Lewis says Page also shot his sister, and as their first officers arrived he was reloading the shotgun and pointing it at the woman.

Both victims were taken to Carteret General Hospital, while Wright ended up being transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Salazar was released from the hospital later in the day. "He just walked up, opened the gate and walked through and I saw it was him and I saw he had the shotgun and I said 'you scared me Art, for heaven sakes'. And he walked up to the porch and said happy Halloween, I'm here to settle the score," the woman told WITN.

Salazar says she hadn't seen her brother in three years and that he was intoxicated last night. She told him to come inside and that's when she ran across the street to her neighbor's.

The two officers who shot the woman's brother are on administrative leave as the SBI investigates this shooting.

"They had to do it," says Salazar. "He was going to shoot me. At that point, he had me pinned down with his legs, and I was about to black out so I knew he was reloading the gun and when they told him to drop it twice, and he didn't, they had to shoot."


Neighbors are shedding more light on what led to the fatal shooting of a man by a police officer late Thursday night.

Patrick Tosto tells WITN's Carly Swain that Susan Salazar ran from her home at 203 Rutledge Ave. because her brother was beating her up. Salazar ran to Mac Wright's house across the street, at 202 Rutledge Ave., but her brother was chasing close behind. As Wright tried to shut his front door, Tosto says the brother fired a shotgun through the door. Wright was hit and was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Salazar was also injured at some point, but she has been released from the hospital.

Beaufort police responded to the shooting, and one of the officers fatally shot Salazar's brother, officials say. What exactly prompted the shooting is not known at this time.

The name of the man killed has not been released, nor has the name of the officer. Beaufort Police Chief Steve Lewis says the officer is on desk duty while the SBI investigates, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.

Chief Lewis says he is planning to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. We will update you with more information as we get it.



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Police say a man who shot another man in his neighborhood was shot and killed by police overnight in Carteret County.

Beaufort Police Chief Steve Lewis told WITN's Carly Swain that a man who was staying at 203 Rutledge Avenue shot a person at 202 Rutledge at 10:24 p.m. Thursday. Police responded to the shooting, and while the details about what exactly happened next have not been released, we are told one officer shot the alleged shooter.

Chief Lewis says two people were injured in 202 Rutledge and taken to the hospital. Their names and conditions have not been released.

As is protocol in shooting cases, the officer is on administrative leave and the SBI will investigate. The Carteret County Sheriff's Office will also investigate.


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