Man dead after shooting involving Brunswick deputy

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Submitted: Sun, 05/15/2011 - 1:16am
Updated: Sun, 05/15/2011 - 7:05pm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy is under investigation after investigators say he shot and killed an armed man Friday night.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, about 7:30 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor, where a man was firing a gun in his garage. When the deputies arrived they were confronted by William Gordon Brown, 73, who investigators say pointed a loaded handgun at them. The deputies tried to use a Tazer, but it had no effect.

At that time, the Sheriff’s Office says, Brown again pointed his handgun at the deputies. Dep. Joe Genda fired two shots striking Brown, who was pronounced dead at Brunswick Community Hospital.

Neighbor Chris Anselmo said he didn’t know Brown well, but said he was always kind to his children.

“I’ve been here for ten years, and nothing like this has ever happened before,” Anselmo said. “It doesn’t make me feel like it’s an unsafe neighborhood. It seems to have been obviously an isolated incident, so I’m not really worried about security or safety or anything like that, but I do feel bad that it’s happened.”

Sheriff John Ingram and Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David have requested the State Bureau of Investigation conduct an officer-involved shooting investigation.

Dep. Genda is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

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53 Comments on "Man dead after shooting involving Brunswick deputy"

2015 years 8 months ago

Lou06 you said how the average person would react, like I said if someone burst through my door and I had a gun in my hand it would be pointed in the direction of the intruder. Lou06 let me ask you if you were or are an officer and you were searching a residence with an open door. While you are searching the residence I would imagine you have your weapon (gun) out while doing your sweep. If during some point a person walks out of the restroom, as an officer what would you do? I know you probably would do what most officers do is point the gun out of reaction and protection. Am I correct in my statement? I am not putting law enforcement officers down I know there job is very dangerous and they never know what comes next. I know they have seconds to make a decision whether right or wrong, and an attorney has months to prove what he did was wrong. I just want to say no one knows what Mr. Brown was thinking he may have been thinking someone was there to hurt or rob him. He may have been hearing impaired and not seeing as well as he was in his younger years. He may have been depressed and wanted to end it all. I’m not saying what the officer did is wrong in his actions but have compassion for the deceased. Both sides of this story is tragic for the deputy and Mr. Brown. I can put myself in both of these people shoes. I just don’t want people thinking that Mr. Brown was a walking time bomb when in fact he didn’t know what was happening and he reacted out of protection. Lets wait to see what the SBI determines.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Amen on giving support. And by the way, it was his wife who called

2015 years 8 months ago

“The guy pointed a firearm at deputies”

You were there and witnessed this with your own eyes? I know you are not naive enough to think an officer could never lie. Why would the SBI even waste time investigating then?

Come on, really? This is what you call common sense?

I have no reason to believe it happened any way other than what the deputy said, but I’ll wait for the SBI to investigate before I’ll say the situation was handled correctly. Not sure why or how that enables or excuses any behavior.

2015 years 8 months ago


Support for the Deputies
2015 years 8 months ago

I think they key here is that a concerned citizen called the police because they feared for their safety after hearing shots fired inside a garage. The department exists to keep the public safe (a luxury not afforded in all countries)and in doing so, these officers put themselves at great risk. It is a sad turn of events but we cannot forget the officer and his family in such a sad situation – they deserve our support!