Officer, man identified in deadly officer involved shooting

COFIELD, N.C. (WITN) - As the SBI is continuing it's investigation into a fatal officer involved shooting that happened Sunday in Hertford County, we now know the names of the officer and man who was shot.

Authorities say they found 44-year-old Phillip Wayne being combative with a handgun.

Several deputies from multiple agencies responded to the call.

At some point, Wayne was shot and killed.

Officials have identified the officer involved as 20-year veteran Chief Deputy William Liverman.

He is now on administrative leave, as is standard protocol while the SBI reviews the shooting.


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The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating a deadly officer involved shooting in Hertford County.

The Hertford County Sheriff's Office along with several other agencies responded to a call along the 1400 block of Highway 45 South in Cofield Sunday evening, according to a post on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

The call said a combative man was "irate and armed with a handgun," Sheriff Dexter Hayes said. said.

During the response, the man was shot by law enforcement and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities were still out at the scene at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

The other agencies responding to the incident included the Ahoskie Police Department, Murfreesboro Police Department, Vidant Hospital Company Police, North Carolina Probation and Parole, Highway Patrol.

The SBI is investigating the shooting.