Police release names of those involved in Easter officer-involved shooting

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GREENVILLE (WITN) - Police have released the names of those involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting Easter morning in Greenville.

As WITN reported on Monday, 41-year-old Brian Bellamy was shot by the police officer following a domestic-related stabbing. Police say 39-year-old LaKeysha Johnson was being attacked by Bellamy.

A news release says Officer Antonio Webb responded to Fox Chase Lane. It says Bellamy was armed with a large knife and ignored commands to drop the weapon.

Police say Bellamy advanced on the officer with the knife and Webb shot Bellamy.

Webb, who has been with Greenville police for a little over a year, has been placed on administrative leave while the SBI investigates the shooting. That is standard procedure in these types of shootings.

Police said earlier that Bellamy and Johnson were married, but now say the two were involved in a long-term relationship.

The woman remains at Vidant Medical Center after being stabbed multiple times, according to police.


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A child told a 911 operator early Easter morning that his parents were fighting, and that he needed an ambulance and the police.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the officer-involved shooting that killed Brian Bellamy.

Greenville police said they were called to a domestic dispute around 2:00 a.m. on Fox Chase Lane. Police said a 39-year-old woman had been attacked by her husband with a knife.

Deputy Police Chief Ted Saults said an officer came into the home and found the woman with stab wounds. Sauls says a man approached the officer with a knife. Sauls says the officer ordered him to drop the knife and backed out of the home when the man refused.

Sauls said the man continued to approach the officer, who fired and killed him.

The woman who owns the home is LaKeysha Johnson. In 2011, Johnson filed paperwork for a protection order against Bellamy and said the two had a son who would now be 15-years-old. That protection order was subsequently dropped at the woman's request, according to court records.

The son apparently called 911 on Sunday. "My dad and my mom were fighting and I think he got stabbed and he was choking me. We need an ambulance and a police," the son told 911 telecommunicators..

The woman had life-threatening injuries, according to police, but there was no update Monday on her condition.

The name of the officer, who is on administrative leave, hasn't been released.


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A Greenville police officer was placed on administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting early Sunday morning.

This is the second such shooting in the city so far this year.

Neighbors on Fox Chase Lane say they woke up to the sound of gun shots around 2 a.m. Easter Sunday.

"About two in the morning I heard gunshots so I jumped up and I got my husband up," Neighbor Katheryn Faulkner said. "I looked out our bedroom window and I saw the man laying there in the street and there was police cars."

Greenville police were called to the neighborhood for a domestic stabbing. When the first officer arrived, he found a 39-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds and a juvenile nearby, Deputy Chief Ted Sauls said.

The officer was then approached by a 41-year-old suspect who had a knife in his hand, Sauls said.

The officer tried to calm the 41-year-old down, and put some distance between the two of them, Sauls said.

"The suspect was advancing too fast and closing the distance on the officer. The officer was forced to discharge the firearm," Sauls said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Family members and friends have identified him as Brian Bellamy.

The victim, believed to be the suspect's wife, was transported to Vidant Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The woman who owns the home is LaKeysha Johnson. In 2011, Johnson filed paperwork for a protection order against Bellamy and said the two had a son who would now be 15-years-old. That protection order was subsequently dropped at the woman's request, according to court records.

The son apparently called 911 on Sunday. "My dad and my mom were fighting and I think he got stabbed and he was choking me. We need an ambulance and a police," the son told 911 telecommunicators.

Neighbors say they are shocked this happened in their neighborhood and on Easter Sunday.

"It really is shocking because you see these things on TV and you never think it would happen two doors down from you but it really is spooky," Faulkner said.

Greenville police and the State Bureau of Investigation will continue to investigate the details that lead to a deadly officer-involved shooting early Sunday morning.

It is routine for the SBI to assist in cases of shootings involving an officer, Greenville Police said.

This is the second deadly officer-involved shooting in Greenville this year. Back on January 3rd, Officer Timothy Greene shot David Melton, of Goldsboro, outside of Academy Sports.

Police said Melton had shoplifted in the store and Greene had approached him, identified himself as a police officer, and the two struggled.

Melton tried to attack the officer with a knife, and that's when Greene shot him, according to police.



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One person is dead Sunday morning following an officer involved shooting in the east.

Greenville police responded to 757 Fox Chase Lane just after 2 a.m. for a reported domestic stabbing. According to a news release from the Greenville Police Department, officers tried to get the suspect, an unidentified 41-year-old man, to drop a knife that he was reportedly holding when they arrived.

The release states the suspect walked toward the officers, leading one officer to fire at the suspect, killing him. The stabbing victim was taken to Vidant Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Her condition is not known at this time.

Greenville Police Department Deputy Chief Ted Sauls says a child was in the house with the victim but was not injured. Child victim advocate worked with the juvenile. Police believe the victim and the suspect were husband and wife and the child was theirs.

Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly released the following statement about the incident.

"My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the incident that occurred early this morning on Fox Chase Lane. Any loss of life in our city is a tragedy, and the City of Greenville and the Greenville Police Department will cooperate fully with the State Bureau of Investigation as they conduct their investigation."