A local police chief, placed on administrative leave after shooting a suspect, is now talking only to WITN News about his ordeal.
Simpson Chief John Waters, Jr. told us he is now re-evaluating his law enforcement career after what he calls a self-defense shooting back in October. This comes a day after the district attorney announced that he took the shooting case to the Pitt County Grand Jury.
The shooting happened October 1st off Nina Lane in Simpson after Waters got a call of a domestic disturbance and responded.
He's the only officer hired in the town of close to 500 people. Waters says before he could get out of the car, 22-year old William Osbun jumped on the hood and came after him. Osbun was unarmed.
Chief Waters says he was pinned in between the door jam and then fired at the man.
The chief says he's upset with the way District Attorney Clark Everett handled the case and is considering leaving law enforcement altogether after what he calls a traumatic ordeal. "I was left with a split second decision, it's my life or his life," the chief told us. "I got a family to go home to. I will say this, no job pays me enough to allow someone to kill me."
Osbun was in a coma, but recovered and has no recollection of the the events and now he's unable to walk, according to his attorney. Cynthia Everson claims the use of force was unjustified. "The law requires us to use proportional force so if someone strikes at me, the law allows me to strike back to protect myself. The law does not allow for me to shoot," said Osbun's attorney.
The SBIi was called in to investigate, and the district attorney says he had concerns about the officer firing on an unarmed man. Everett took the findings to a grand jury on Monday which ruled there wasn't enough evidence to proceed with charges against the chief.
"I think the system could have done a better job of standing up for me on that level." the police chief told us today.
Simpson Mayor David Boyd says they want to move forward to get police back in their community. The village will meet Thursday evening to decide what to do next.
A grand jury has decided not to indict a local police chief who the district attorney says shot an unarmed man nearly 2-1/2 months ago.
On Monday the Pitt County Grand Jury declined to indict Simpson Police Chief John Waters. Waters has been on paid administrative leave since the October 1st shooting of William Scott Osbun.
Osbun was seriously injured in the shooting that happened on Nina Lane. The State Bureau of Investigation handled the probe into the shooting and gave its report to the district attorney on November 18th.
District Attorney Clark Everett says Waters was called to a disturbance near the police department around 12:15 a.m. when Osbun jumped on the chief's patrol car. Everett says the man was wearing only a pair of shorts and Waters fired on him.
Everett told WITN News that he had concerns about the SBI findings and asked the grand jury to decide if the chief should be charged with the shooting or not.
WITN tried to contact Simpson's mayor today, but our phone calls were not returned. We do know there is a special meeting for the village Thursday evening to discuss personnel issues.
The 31-year-old Waters is Simpson's only police officer and has been there for six years..