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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says an apparent case of domestic violence last night ended with the people involved being shot by a deputy.

The Sheriff’s Office says at 10:17 p.m. deputies were dispatched to 377 Lansan Lane near Leland for an assault with a deadly weapon. Inside the home deputies say they found Cassey Thomas, 43, who was trying to stab her husband, Timothy Thomas, 48.

The deputies challenged Cassey Thomas, and ordered her to drop her weapon. When she did not drop it, Sgt. Brian Tully fired two shots.

Cassie Thomas suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and Timothy Thomas was hit in the upper right leg. Mr. Thomas also suffered a stab wound to his upper back. The Sheriff’s Office says all the injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.

Sheriff John Ingram has asked the SBI to conduct a criminal investigation. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation of the shooting.

The Sheriff’s Office says Sgt. Tully is on paid administrative leave.

Domestic violence and assault charges are pending against Cassey Thomas.

Attempts to reach a spokesperson for the SBI have been unsuccessful, because today is a state holiday.

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    The officer was legally justified in applying deadly force when she refused to drop the knife. For those of you NOT in the know, domestic violence calls are STILL one of the deadliest calls for an officer to respond to….

    ….and that’s all there is to say about it.

  • BCresident

    It amazes me to read all the comments and realize how many negative and judgmental people there are. You all assume, after reading a very short and incomplete article, that you have all the facts and details of a situation and you precede to pass judgement on the people involved. First of all, the article clearly stated that the SBI will do an investigation and there will also be an internal investigation based on Professional Standards as is protocol. Even when those investigations are complete, you will only be told in the media, what the results were. Some of the details will not be printed. And even then, YOU WERE NOT THERE!! We can all sit back and say what we would do in certain situations, but the truth is that what we say is what we would WANT to do, we wouldn’t really know what we would do unless we actually were faced with the situation. My husband is an LEO and he would be the first to say that you have less than a second to make a decision. I think this man would be glad to have a bullet in the leg instead of a knife through his heart, I know I would!!! Less than a second…..think about that, then time it and think about having to make a life saving decision in that amount of time!! Stop passing judgement on others and leave that to God, it’s His job anyway!! Thank you to all LEO’s for All you do!!

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