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Jury finds Brunswick Co. man not guilty of assault on deputies

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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- Back in 2007 Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies shot a man, who was also charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. George Cooper says he never pointed a gun at the officers much less fired it, and today a jury at the Brunswick County Courthouse agreed with him.

"Somebody banged on the side of the house," Cooper said of the night he was shot. "I thought it was some more relatives coming over to eat. I grabbed the gun to put the gun up and opened the door. A second or two after I opened the door they went to shooting. They never announced themselves, never said nothing."

Cooper suffered multiple gunshot wounds from the incident at his Maco Road home. Deputies Brian Carlisle and James Sheehan were cleared after a SBI investigation, but Cooper was charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer because the deputies said he not only pointed his weapon at them but also fired it.

"In my opinion this case probably never should have been brought to trial, but given the fact that it was, I'm very very pleased that 12 jurors heard the case and came to the right result that Mr. Cooper's not guilty of what they claimed he did," Cooper's attorney Robert Tatum said.

The first count of assault was dismissed Monday due to lack of evidence.

Brunswick County Sheriff Jon Ingram did not want to comment about the case at this time.

Cooper says the case should not have made it this far, but he is glad it's over.

"It was really a slam dunk case to start with," Cooper said. "It was unjust for the prosecutors to bring this case to trial anyway."

Tatum says the next step is the civil suit that is pending in federal court. In his civil suit Cooper claims officers violated his civil rights by using excessive force. Tatum says he does not expect a trial date on the suit until early next year.

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Dimes to dollars...

Brunswick County will settle for a large 6-figure sum before a trial date is ever set.

Good luck Mr. Cooper....they

Good luck Mr. Cooper....they were hoping you'd have to serve time for the lies they told and something you didn't do but the truth will ALWAYS prevail. Again, good luck and may God bless you and your family.

Finally some justice in this crooked county

The SBI obviously either didn't investigate this properly and since Rex Gore was DA we can only imagine what was going on at the time anyway. Although it's ironic had the deputies been any good at firearms usage this poor guy would have been murdered by the deputies and they would have gotten away with it clearly. Sadly it's too bad DA David couldn't have avoided this mess and now he'll have to further deal with this mess with the pending federal lawsuit possibly. If this gentleman is smart he'll have included thar crooked Rex Gore in the lawsuit but somehow I'm sure Gore is gonna slide on this too.

cooper trial

what is also sad is the former top cop was heard on some of the previous recordings plotting with these two officers as to what they were going to say the next day to the media,i did not hear in that conversation that he shot the gun and why was there not a shell casing in the gun?i am glad the jury got this one right,instead of the guys with the badge getting away with all the lies,so glad he did not have a dog on the porch also!!!!