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UPDATE: Fallen Lumberton Officer's Funeral Tuesday

Jeremiah Goodson

Jeremiah Goodson

A funeral will be held for the Lumberton police officer who was shot and killed when he tried to serve a warrant on a man.

The funeral for Master Police Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr. will be held Tuesday at Lumberton High School. He will be buried at Gardens of Faith Cemetery.

The 33-year-old Goodson was off-duty when he shot and killed July 17 while trying to serve a warrant on 27-year-old Marques Brown of Whiteville.

Brown is charged with first-degree murder.

Goodson is survived by his wife Lametria, who is due to have the couple's second child. A memorial fund has been established for his family at State Employees Credit Union.

Goodson had been employed with the Lumberton Police Department since June 2006.

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Some local police departments have been reaching out to the community to help one of their fallen brothers.

The death of Lumberton police officer Jeremiah Goodson has touched many people. Greenville Police, ECU Police and Washington Police, among others, have been collecting donations for the Goodson family.

Goodson's wife is expecting to give birth to their second baby any day. Some people have been donating cash and others have been sending baby items.

Prosecutors say they they will seek the death penalty against the man accused of fatally shooting Officer Goodson.

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A prosecutor says he will seek a death sentence if a suspect is convicted in the shooting death of a Lumberton police officer.

District Attorney Johnson Britt said Wednesday he will seek the death sentence against 27-year-old Marques Brown.

Brown is charged with shooting and killing Officer Jeremiah Goodson on Tuesday.

Police say Goodson was shot while he and another officer were trying to arrest Brown on outstanding charges. Goodson had seen Brown at a gas station near Interstate 95 and called for backup to make the arrest.

Killing a law enforcement officer is an aggravating circumstance in North Carolina that can allow prosecutors to seek a death sentence.

Goodson is the first Lumberton police officer to die in the line of duty since 1936.

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A Columbus County man has been arrested and charged with killing a Lumberton police officer.

Twenty-seven--year-old Marques Ramon Brown of Whiteville was charged with murder Tuesday night.

He is accused of shooting Master Police Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr. at a gas station just off Interstate 95 late Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old officer was off-duty when he saw a man wanted on other charges. Authorities say he waited for another officer before approaching the suspect's car. As the officers walked up, authorities say the suspect began shooting, and Goodson was struck several times. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Goodson had been with the police department since 2006.

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Authorities say an off-duty Lumberton police officer has been shot and killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a gas station.

Investigators say the officer saw the wanted man in the parking lot of a Shell station just off Exit 22 around 11 a.m. Tuesday and waited for another officer before approaching the suspect's car.

As the men walked up, authorities say the suspect began shooting, and the off-duty officer was struck several times. He died a short time later at the hospital. His name has not been released.

Investigators say the other officer held the shooter at gunpoint until more officers arrived. Officials have not released the name of the suspect or what crime he was wanted for.

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Police in Lumberton tell WITN an officer has been shot.

Captain Banks with the police department said there were no further details being released at this time.

WBTW reports the incident happened around 11:00 a.m. at the Dairy Queen at 5030 North Fayetteville Road.

Officers say the police officer attempted to question a suspect he had spotted in the parking lot, and the suspect opened fire.

No word on the officer's condition. A source said police have a suspect in custody.

The Lumberton, NC department's website says they employ 77 sworn and 13 non-sworn employees.

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