Moore County Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

A North Carolina law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty Thursday after trying to take a suspect into custody for child support payments.

Moore county officials say 58-year-old Sheriff's Deputy Rick Rhyne responded to a trespassing call and found two men inside a home. According to authorities, one of the men, Martin Poynter, had an outstanding warrant for child support. As Rhyne tried to arrest him, Poynter shot the deputy and then took his own life.

Deputy Rhyne had over 37 years with the law enforcement. He is also the first Moore county deputy ever to be killed in the line of duty.


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  • by oakley Location: lenoir county on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    my love and prayers to the family, co workers and friend, 'go high on that mountain, brother"
  • by Re: Story Changed? Location: Wake County on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    You can't be a 'deadbeat' if you can't pay.....you can be a 'deadbeat' if you can pay but willfully don't.......either of those is preferable than to be a 'life stealing liar' according to an attorney. Life Stealing Liars are the lowest of the lowest of parents.
  • by Deputy Location: Martin Co. on Dec 9, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    I will be praying for the Family and Department as well as his many friends. I know what its like to go thru this. Be strong for one another and find someone to talk to. May God bless everyone.
  • by ENC Law Enforcement Location: Greenville on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    RIP Brother! Prayers go out to the Family and Friends.
  • by Story Changed? on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    Earlier, the report stated the suspect was an "Iraq War Veteran". I guess they want to downplay that fact now. Not that I'm saying he deserves respect (killed a deputy & himself plus he was a deadbeat dad) but that's a major difference in the report.
  • by Larry on Dec 9, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    RIP Brother
  • by Anonymous Location: Martin on Dec 9, 2011 at 01:05 AM
    My prayers go out the family and friends. RIP brother in Blue
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