Emotional Time At Work For Sheriff's Department

Monday was the first day back to work for many Lenoir County Sheriff's Deputies after a weekend filled with mourning.

Lenoir County detective Allen Pearson was laid to rest Saturday after being killed in a shootout a few days earlier.

Captain Archie Bruton says the department is still mourning but trying to continue and do the best job possible. "We know we have a job to do, so we are just trying to pick up the pieces and do the best we can under the circumstances."

WITN talked with detective Ryan Dawson Monday, who was injured in the shootout. Dawson was in good spirits, and said he was thankful for all the support from the community.


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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    Having been in law enforcement for 10 years, and having to work with an officer that was killed in the line of duty I know the pain these guys must be feeling. It is basically like losing a brother, not just a co-worker. These small, rural counties do not have the resources that the bigger city police departments do and sometimes they have to handle these situations with less man power and departmental resources. My thoughts and prayers are with the sheriffs office and communities in lenoir county.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    To any law enforcement officer reading this, keep your head up. You all have a very important and a very tough job. I am not affiliated with law enforcement nor do I car to in todays time, I would be to trigger happy with the idiots of the world today you all have to deal with. I hope you all the best and ish you safety each moment of each day.
  • by Cpl. Location: WCSO on Apr 13, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    Although I personally did not know this fine man I am deeply saddend by this horrable inccident. I am a deputy and have learned that things can go wrong in a instant. I have looked at all my staff that I work with and have asked myself how I would deal with losing one of them its something I hope I never have to face. As for Mr. Pearsons family my heart goes out to every last one of you,you all are in my heart and my prayers.
  • by Stephen Location: Kinston NC on Apr 13, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    I believe it is going to be an emotional time for Fellow Employees and Friends for a while! Allen was a Great Individual and Very friendly he will be in memmories for a very long time! His family will be in my prayers everyday! He laid down his life to protect the citizens of Lenoir County! Bless his family and all Law Enforcement officers!
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