A police chief has returned to work, two weeks after being cleared by a grand jury for shooting a man.
Simpson Chief John Waters, Jr. says he's is back on duty and the police department is now back in operation. Waters says he returned to work on Wednesday, December 21, after being on paid leave since October 1st. Waters told WITN, he received lots of support from the community and now from the Village of Simpson. The Mayor and Waters are accepting applications for reserve officers, so Waters will not be the only officer in the department.
The Sheriff's Department had been providing the village with police protection.
Two weeks ago a Pitt County Grand Jury decided not to bring charges against Waters for shooting William Osbun on October 1st. The unarmed man jumped on the hood of Waters' cruiser and came after him, according to the chief. He called what happened a self-defense shooting.
In an interview December 14th, Waters told WITN News he was having second thoughts about his law enforcement career. The chief said he was upset with the way District Attorney Clark Everett handled the case, saying "I think the system could have done a better job of standing up for me on that level."
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.