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Three Officers Cleared In Forlines Road Fatal Shooting

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The State Bureau of Investigation has cleared three officers involved in a deadly shooting last month in Greenville.

Killed was 24-year-old James Brown on December 22nd.

Advanced Patrol Officer A.C. Pool, Advanced Patrol Officer S.N. Cates, and Advanced Patrol Officer A.K. Leggett, were originally placed on administrative leave after the shooting.

In a news release, Greenville police say the three have been cleared to return to duty. "While these officers have been cleared to return to full duty, we will not return them to street duties until they have received the proper counseling and care required after a traumatic incident of this magnitude," said Chief Hassan Aden.

Police were originally called around 6:30 p.m. that night for the report of a suicidal man at the Vineyard Townhome complex, according to investigators.

Officers said they found Brown along a small bridge on Forlines Road near Reedy Branch Road, where they engaged him.

Investigators said Brown turned his gun on police. That is when Greenville police fired at the man, hitting him.

Brown later died at Vidant Medial Center.


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Police have released the names of three Greenville police officers who were involved in that deadly shooting last week.

Killed was 24-year-old James Brown on December 22nd.

The three officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

The officers are: Advanced Patrol Officer A.C. Pool, who has been with Greenville for four years; Advanced Patrol Officer S.N. Cates, who has six years of service; and Advanced Patrol Officer A.K. Leggett, a seven year veteran with Greenville.

Police were originally called around 6:30 p.m. for the report of a suicidal man at the Vineyard Townhome complex, according to investigators.

Officers said they found that man along a small bridge on Forlines Road near Reedy Branch Road, where they engaged him.

Investigators said Brown turned his gun on police. That is when Greenville police fired at Brown, hitting him.

Brown was taken to Vidant Medical Center where he died.

The State Bureau of Investigation continues to look into the police shooting.


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Greenville police said the man who turned his gun toward police Sunday night has now died after being shot by officers.

Police said 24-year-old James Brown was the man officers shot Sunday night out of concern for their own safety.

Officers were originally called around 6:30 p.m. Sunday night for the report of a suicidal man at the Vineyard Townhome complex, according to investigators.

Officer said they found that man along a small bridge on Forlines Road near Reedy Branch Road, where officers said they engaged him.

Investigators said Brown turned his gun on police. That is when Greenville police fired at Brown, hitting him.

Brown was taken to Vidant Medical Center.

The State Bureau of Investigation has now taken over the investigation.

In the meantime, police spokeswoman Kristen Hunter confirmed with WITN that three Greenville police officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the SBI's investigation.

On Twitter, Chief Hasan Aden wrote, "My thoughts and prayers are with the officers involved in this incident as well as with the family of the deceased."


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Officials say a report of a suicidal man ended with that man being shot by police when he turned a gun on Greenville officers.

Police say they received the call around 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening of the suicidal male at the Vineyard Town Home complex.

In route, police say they came upon the subject on a small bridge on Forlines Road near Reedy Branch Road. Officials say officers engaged with the man and that's when the man turned a gun on them. Fearing for their safety, officials say the officers opened fire on the man. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center.

The shooting is under investigation by the SBI. Police say no officers were injured in the shooting. Officials would not specify on how many officers were involved, only that there were several.

The condition of the man is unknown at this time.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


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