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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  • by The Po-Po Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    Actually it is not required that the SBI investigate Officer involved shootings. It is a requirment among MANY departments and the main reason they chose to bring in the SBI is for litigation protection and to avoid claims of covering up for their own people. Alot of departments do not involve the SBI for political reasons or for personal reasons.
  • by ls Location: nb on Mar 30, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    It's such a shame that the 'criminal' has so many rights and the men and women who risk their lives to protect others have to put up with being investigated. There might be less crime if our 'protectors' were a little freer to conduct business in the manner in which they were trained. Stronger actions might deter some crimes!
  • by Ketih Location: Greenville on Mar 30, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    Thanks to the Deputy involved in the shooting that no one else was hurt. Good job.
  • by C on Mar 30, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    Cop's wife: My most sincere appreciation to your spouse for the job he does, and to the sacrifice I know you must make as well. But never think that being cleared of wrongdoing by the SBI is a barrier to a lawsuit. Ask any lawyer; ANYONE can sue ANYBODY for ANYTHING. What really bugs me here is the almost certain lawsuit for wrongful death that will follow. I wonder how many officers we've lost over the years because fear of being sued and / or prosecuted made them hesitate to fire their weapon when they really needed to. Personally, I wish that any law enforcement / legally armed citizen shootings that were found to be justifiable would be immune from lawsuits. It would make sense, and would be one less burden for officers and citizens alike. Anyhow, take care, and tell your man that all REAL Americans really appreciate him !!
  • by cop's wife Location: greenville on Mar 30, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    Anytime a police officer is involved in a shooting, the SBI has to investigate. If you think about it, it's for the officer's protection. That way, the family can't come back with a wrongful death or civil suit. I'm just so glad that it wasn't drug out and that the officer was officially cleared. THANK YOU Onslow County Deputy, for protecting AND serving your community and acting in a way to protect yourself and your family.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    It was crazy he was under investigation in the first place. He was just protecting. What a waste of tax payers money.

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