SHERIFF: Passerby shoots man attacking Lenoir County deputies

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A man was shot this afternoon as he was assaulting two deputies, according to the Lenoir County sheriff.

Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said the deputies were called to the home on Neuse Road outside of Kinston around 3:00 p.m. for a trespassing call.

The sheriff said the man, who he described as a large man, was fighting with the deputies.

“This person was getting the best of the two officers that were on the scene at the time,” said the sheriff.

Ingram said during the fight, the body cameras of both deputies were knocked off, which came as a surprise.

“The major and I just this past week, we were messing with the cameras and it’s a very strong magnet,” Ingram said. “At some point, if y’all would come by and take a look, I would not have thought that those cameras would’ve come off those uniforms as strong as that magnet is. It’s very strong, but both of them were knocked off of the officers uniforms.”

Ingram said a passerby saw what was happening and shot the man believing the deputies were in danger. The man shot, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital.

Ingram says the man has had numerous encounters with the law but added that Thursday’s shooting was different.

“We’ve had some dealings with this person in the past, he’s made some verbal threats before in the past and today it just escalated.”

The sheriff said his deputies had some bumps and bruises. He said they both should be okay.

Ingram said the man will be facing charges of assaulting the deputies.

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