Second Wayne County deputy injured in deadly standoff released from ECU Health Medical Center

Second Wayne County deputy injured in deadly standoff released from ECU Health Medical Center
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:44 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 5:23 PM EDT
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WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A second deputy injured in Monday morning’s deadly standoff in Wayne County has been released from the hospital.

With an escort of nearly two dozen law enforcement vehicles, Cpl. Andrew Cox left ECU Health Medical Center around 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Cox, Deputy Alexander Torres, and Sgt. Matthew Fishman were wounded as they tried to serve involuntary commitment papers on 23-year-old Jourdan Hamilton. Hamilton reportedly shot and killed himself during the ensuing 10-hour standoff.

Sgt. Fishman passed away Tuesday at the same hospital, while Deputy Torres was released that afternoon.

Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce said there were no indications Hamilton would be hostile.

Sgt. Matthew Fishman
Sgt. Matthew Fishman(Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

“There had been some instances in the past. Nothing to indicate he would be hostile at this time,” the sheriff told reporters this morning. Pierce said it’s believed that all three deputies were wearing bulletproof vests.

He would not say who signed the commitment papers on Hamilton.

Governor Roy Cooper ordered all flags at state facilities be lowered to have staff in honor of Fishman. The governor also extended his sympathy to the deputy’s family.

The SBI is investigating the shooting.

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