Greenville police release more information on deadly officer-involved shooting

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Greenville police late Tuesday afternoon released the names of those involved in a deadly police shooting this weekend.

As WITN reported on Monday, 24-year-old Brandon Joyner was shot by police officers in an alley near the corner of 5th & Reade Streets.

Joyner was shot after police say they saw him shooting into a crowd of people.

"They responded in an active shooter style," Chief Mark Holtzman said. "Three of the Greenville police officers who arrived first on the scene did engage with the suspect and fired upon him in that alleyway."

Officers R. Burke, Officer M. Dail, and Officer M. Haddock returned fire. Joyner was pronounced dead at the scene, while the officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Police say two other people, 19 year-old Cameron McNeill, of Farmville, and 22 year-old Arron Cordanze Allen, of Cary, were also hit by the gunfire and were taken to Vidant Medical Center.

The SBI continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting, while GPD says it is conducting an internal investigation into the shooting, and another investigation into the fight and shooting that happened prior to police arriving on the scene.


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The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the name of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting early Sunday.

Brandon Joyner was shot after Greenville police say they saw him shooting into a crowd of people in an alleyway along Reade Street near the intersection with 5th Street, just behind Sup Dogs.

"They responded in an active shooter style," Chief Mark Holtzman said. "Three of the Greenville police officers who arrived first on the scene did engage with the suspect and fired upon him in that alleyway."

Joyner was shot dead by police, Holtzman said. Two other people were injured and taken to Vidant Medical Center. One was reportedly in serious condition, the other was taken with non-life-threatening injuries.

The three officers, who have yet to be identified, were placed on administrative leave.

The SBI is investigating the shooting, which is normal procedure in these types of shootings.


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The SBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that killed one man and injured two other people in Greenville Sunday.

Greenville Police and ECU Police responded to a fight involving shots fired around 1:30 a.m. in an alleyway along Reade Street near the intersection with 5th Street, just behind Sup Dogs.

It took just seconds for officers to get on scene and find a man shooting into a crowd of people, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said.

"They responded in an active shooter style," Holtzman said. "Three of the Greenville Police officers who arrived first on the scene did engage with the suspect and fired upon him in that alley way."

The suspect was shot dead by police, Holtzman said. Two other people were injured and taken to Vidant Medical Center. One was reportedly in serious condition, the other was taken with non-life-threatening injuries.

The three officers that responded to the scene were placed on administrative leave. This is a standard procedure with officer-involved shootings, police said.

The owner of Sup Dogs, Bret Oliverio, was working at the time of the incident and heard the gunfire.

"People were running in different directions," Oliverio said. "Within five seconds, and I watched this on security footage, the police ran into the gunfire and handled the situation."

Oliverio said he is thankful for the quick action taken by both Greenville and ECU Police officers.

"Downtown Greenville is a safe place to eat, drink, hangout, operate a business. And I am just thankful that we have the police presence that we do," Oliverio said.

Mayor P.J. Connelly released a statement Sunday evening following the shooting.

"We understand that community members may have questions about the events that transpired. We also understand no matter what led up to the shooting, the outcome is a tragedy. This is not an easy situation for anyone to endure. My thoughts are with the family of the deceased tonight, as well as the officers who were faced with an extremely difficult situation. I thank you for your patience and trust as the investigation moves forward," Connelly said.

The names of the officers, the suspect killed and the two injured have yet to be released.



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The SBI is investigating after an officer involved shooting killed one and injured two others in Eastern Carolina.

Greenville and ECU Police responded to reports of a fight with shots fired near the corner of 5th and Reade Streets around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

When they arrived on the scene, police say they found a man shooting into a crowd in an alley behind Sup Dogs.

Greenville Police say three of their own officers exchanged fire with the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Chief Mark Holtzman says two others were taken to Vidant, one with serious injuries and one with non life-threatening injures.

The three officers that exchanged gunfire with the suspect have been placed on administrative leave according to police.

The names of the officers and those involved in the shooting have not been released at this time.

Stay with WITN as we learn more on this developing story.