NC Sheriff's Deputy Called To Help, Shoots Couple

A Brunswick County sheriff's deputy is on paid leave as state investigators probe why he shot two people after being called to help in a domestic dispute.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram's office says the shooting happened Monday night at a mobile home near Leland.

Deputies say they found 43-year-old Cassey Thomas trying to stab her husband, 48-year-old Timothy Thomas.

The deputies say the woman ignored their orders to drop her knife.

Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Tully fired two shots, hitting Cassie Thomas in the abdomen and Timothy Thomas in the upper right leg.

Timothy Thomas also suffered a stab wound to his upper back.

The sheriff's office says none of the injuries are considered to be life threatening.

Tully is on leave while state agents investigate.


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  • by June Location: Greenville on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    Well said, poster Harry. When LEO's order you to do something, do it. If you want to argue about it, do that in court - not beside your car on the highway, not in your home or anywhere else and if you are holding a knife or weapon of any kind or being a danger to others; otherwise, you may get shot.
  • by jazzcat Location: USA on Dec 29, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    I'm not sure what all the back-patting is about. Unless that guy attacked the deputy, shooting him in the leg is way more serious than "oops, sorry!". Case in point: If the bullet servered his femoral artery and he bled out, would all these "way to go" folks still feel the same?
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      by Way To Go! on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:53 PM in reply to jazzcat
      Oops, I'm sorry.
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      by bs on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:23 PM in reply to jazzcat
      yep avoid shooting him in the leg and say "oops, sorry" afterward for letting the woman slit his throat. Its time to stop hanging out at toy's r us and do a little thinking.
  • by Bertie on Dec 29, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    They need to train these people before they give them a badge and gun. Send them to a class at least.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    Officer arrives on scene with raging female wielding a knife attempting to stab a male. Ordered to drop the knife she refuses. So why should the officer have to reiterate the demand? It should be like the floor wax brand "Once and Done". An officer tells you to stop, if you don't then he should be authorized at his discretion to stop you with any and all force necessary. Shooting the bad guy in the hand is great in the movies, in the real world the BAD actors don't follow the writer's script.
  • by Good Job Location: Eastern on Dec 28, 2011 at 09:24 PM
    The deputy made the right choice. He had to make a split decision and did the right thing. When a woman has a knife and refuses to follow orders that's what happens. If he had used the taser and one of the probes missed, then the lady can turn on him and harm him. A knife can go through a vest. Job well done.
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 29, 2011 at 03:28 AM in reply to Good Job
      He just needs to work on his aim. Headshot worth 25 more points.
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        by Too Cynical on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:58 AM in reply to Petey Pirate
        Do you know the circumstances of the domestic disturbance? I have noticed that your posts are always so cynical and show very little value for the lives or feelings of others. Do they ask for it because bad things happen? How can you judge so many people that you don't know so harshly?
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          by Petey Pirate on Dec 30, 2011 at 04:00 AM in reply to Too Cynical
          Just brutally honest sweetcheeks. Someones got a knife and you carry a gun. Drop em! you pansies need to quit defending these criminals and join the rest of society you dummy.
  • by Trigger Happy Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    It seems that the use of a gun in this situation was a bit excessive. I believe that a taser held for the appropriate amount of time would have been just as effective and would have had less serious consequences to the ones shot. A little bit of practice on the part of the officer may not be a bad idea either.
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      by Terry on Dec 28, 2011 at 08:44 PM in reply to Trigger Happy
      If he had used a taser and she had a medical condition, it could have killed her. Tasers are not always safe. Had she died, you would be hollering for him to be charged. I feel sure he acted apppropriately under the circumstances. Good job to the officer for getting all out alive.
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        by Trigger Happy on Dec 29, 2011 at 04:42 AM in reply to Terry
        Tasers are not always safe, of course. You're right about that. They are a weapon by definition. However, you cannot argue that they are not, on the whole, less lethal than a gun. Please do not presume to know what I would be "hollering". In that situation, an officer could not be expected to stop and say "Ma'am, before I shoot you, do you have any medical condition that would make this shot lethal to you?"
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          by Terry on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:08 AM in reply to Trigger Happy
          I do apoligize for saying "you" would be hollering for him to be charged. I still feel he acted in accordance with the events that were occurring. A person, already having stabbed someone, who does not obey the commands of an officer knows the officer will take action. She did have a knife(a deadly weapon) and had already proven she was more than willing to us it. Had she just put it down she would not have been shot. Have a Happy New Year.
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      by bs on Dec 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM in reply to Trigger Happy
      maybe he did not have a tazer, not every department has them and not to mention they do not always work. with or without the tazer he met deadly force with deadly force so how was it excessive? ask the guy if he wanted the officer to take an extra second to consider a tazer while he is about to get his throat slit.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 03:29 AM in reply to Trigger Happy
      Pretty sure if you have a stab wound and someone is trying to stab you again, you dont want no cop using a tazer.
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        by Trigger Happy on Dec 29, 2011 at 04:46 AM in reply to
        Have you ever seen a taser being used on a suspect? I have seen one take down a very large man, who was afterwards unable to gather himself enough to even think about resisting further. It probably would have dropped her to her knees pretty effectively.
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          by bs on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to Trigger Happy
          I have been tazed. and have seen people fight against it and pull the barbs out. its not a fool proof system like you think it is, maybe you should do some research before spouting off what you dont know.
  • by Watcher Location: Bertie on Dec 28, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    I will never understand why people don't do what officers ask them to do...drop the weapon, put your hands behind your head, etc. Just do what the officer says and you won't be in half as much trouble.
  • by rapper Location: washington on Dec 28, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    You got to be careful in those domestic disputes. He did the right thing and shot 'em both. Job well done.
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      by Agreed on Dec 28, 2011 at 09:12 PM in reply to rapper
      When a woman is weilding a knife, no one is safe until that knife is out of her hands. Good Job, LEO.
  • by leo on Dec 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    Did you ever think perhaps the bullet went through her and ended up in him....
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      by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM in reply to leo
      If that were to have been the case the article made no mention of that scenario.
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      by Native on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM in reply to leo
      Was wandering where you were. Good thought.
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      by Nice Try on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:12 PM in reply to leo
      That might be a possible scenario, except the article noted that the deputy fired two shots. So he could have missed one and the second shot miraculously went through a woman's abdomen and a man's leg. Or, more likely, he shot twice and hit two people. Good try, though. "A" for effort...
  • by Officer1 on Dec 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    To Anonymous Dec 28, 2011 at 01:21 PM and Marty - Statistics show that whatever you shoot (score) on the range is likely going to tremendously decrease when under the pressure during a call. That's "1" reason people get hit so few times when many shots are fired. Anonymous- think about this- this officer has to make a split-second decision to possibly take someones life knowing that (your words) "someone incompetent" like you may be sitting in a jury chair deciding if he/she did the right thing after you've had the time to sit back and think about it without anyone dying while you do your thinking. To the deputy - oops but still a great job!
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