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Man Shot By Simpson Police Chief Found Guilty

A Pitt County man who was shot by a local police chief finally got his day in court.

William Osbun was on trial for charges of assault on a government official, injury to personal property, misdemeanor intoxication and disruptive behavior. All of the charges stemmed from what led up to the man being shot by Simpson police chief John Waters.

Waters says it was back in October that Osbun jumped on the hood of his police cruiser and came after him. While Waters was cleared by a grand jury of any wrongdoing, authorities decided to bring the misdemeanor charges against Osbun.

Osbun was found guilty by District Judge Gwyn Hilburn on the assault charge, and not guilty on the injury to personal property count. The other charges were thrown out.

On the witness stand, Chief Waters says because of the shooting he suffers from panic attacks, has received psychiatric help and has had trouble sleeping at night.

Osbun told the judge because of the shooting he's lost his house, his car, his job and one of his legs. The man's attorney says he will appeal the conviction to superior court.


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