Remembering Lenoir Co. detective killed in the line of duty 15 years ago

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Monday marks the 15th anniversary of a Lenoir County detective’s death in the line of duty.

On April 8, 2009, deputies with the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an armed suspect shooting at homes in the Tick Bite area of Grifton.

The suspect began shooting at deputies, starting a shootout.

During the shootout, Detective Allen Pearson was hit and died from his injuries.

“A piece of our hearts will always be broken for our fallen deputy, but our office continues to honor his memory through our work, continued training for these incidents and our dedication to our residents,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post honoring Pearson.

Just last year in a series about policing in Eastern Carolina, WITN’s Dave Jordan spoke with Pearson’s widow, Katherine about her husband’s legacy.