D.A. clears Elizabeth City lieutenant in April shooting death of man

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina district attorney says that a police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man back in April.

Pasquotank County District Attorney Jeffrey Cruden says that Elizabeth City Police Lt. Lamar Battle’s fatal shooting of Bryan White, 33, back on April 20th was consistent with state law that allows deadly force in moments of self-defense or defending others from the use of deadly force.

It was around 2 a.m. that day that the investigation showed that Battle, a 16-year veteran of the police department, had started a foot patrol on N. Poindexter Street.

Battle heard commotion coming from people leaving Coasters Bar and Grill and J’Mellees Jamaican Restaurant on the same street.

The D.A.’s office said Battle saw White pull “something” from his waistband and shoot seven times at Corey Revelle, 39, at close range. An autopsy revealed that Revelle had been shot several times, including in the back of the head.

Battle ordered White to stop and drop his weapon but instead he ran down N. Poindexter Street still holding the weapon, according to investigators.

After a short chase, the D.A.’s office said that White reached a vehicle, stopped, and turned towards Battle with the weapon pointed at the officer. We’re told that Battle fired his gun four times hitting White twice in the abdomen and once in the leg.

We’re told life saving efforts were attempted on Revelle and White at the scene but both men died there.

Cruden said that he watched video from both a local business which showed the shooting of Revelle by White, and a video showing Lt. Battle shooting White.

“It is very evident that the actions of Lieutenant Battle were consistent with those actions permitted under North Carolina law and therefore my recommendation to Chief Avens of the Elizabeth City Police Department is that Lieutenant Battle be permitted back to full duty without delay,” Cruden said in a statement.

The SBI investigated the shooting of White.