SBI releases identities of three people involved in Pender Co. deputy-involved shooting

PENDER CO., N.C. (WECT) – The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation released the names of three people involved in a deputy-involved shooting in Pender County.

According to the SBI, Pender County deputies Grant Simme and John Dragocastano fired their weapons during the shooting Tuesday.

A public records request revealed Simme has worked with Pender County Sheriff’s Office for three years; Dragocastano was hired in February 2021. Neither deputy has any record of dismissals, suspensions, or demotions.

Kevin Glenn Swinson, 45, has been identified as the man fatally shot during the incident.

WECT interviewed Swinson last spring about how grateful he was that his father’s hurricane damaged home was able to be elevated by a nonprofit rebuilding group. The house he was talking about appears to be the same one where the shooting happened Tuesday morning off of Highway 210.

“He always seem like a good boy to me, he was always real nice to me and friendly. I had nothing against him, but I’m not saying whether or not he’s done something wrong, but he always treated me all right,” said neighbor Ted Brown.

According to Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler, deputies were attempting to serve a domestic violence protective order in the Canetuck community when they encountered an armed subject and a shooting occurred.

The armed subject died as a result of the shooting. The sheriff’s office says no deputies were injured in the incident.

Officials say that Simme and Dragocastano will be placed on leave per protocol while the SBI investigates the case.

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