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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators have released the name of the man wanted for shooting a deputy yesterday in Creekwood.

Brandon Devone Smith is wanted for two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

Investigators say the 30-year-old black male is about 5’11”, 210 lbs.

The Sheriff’s Office today also clarified some of the details of what happened yesterday.

Spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Smith shot Det. Michael Spencer, a member of the FBI Safe Streets Force. Brewer says Det. Spencer and a detective from the Wilmington Police Department tried to speak with Smith in Creekwood, when they say Smith immediately opened fire. Brewer says the WPD officer fired back.

A WPD spokeswoman said the department is not releasing the name of its officer involved, because he typically works undercover.

“It’s department protocol to investigate every officer-involved shooting,” Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement.

While a preliminary review shows that the officer appears to have followed procedure during the incident, Evangelous says a careful review of the incident is always necessary. The officer is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the review.

Det. Spencer had surgery yesterday and is expected to be OK.

Smith is still on the run. CrimeStoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Another man who was with Smith yesterday was taken into custody after the shooting, questioned and later released.

The Department of Corrections website shows Smith has convictions including drug crimes, resisting an officer, possession of stolen goods and assault with a deadly weapon.

Court records show Smith has pending charges in New Hanover County for drug possession, alter/steal/destroy criminal evidence, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun and domestic violence protective order violation.

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29 Comments on "Reward offered for deputy shooting suspect; NHSO clarifies details"

2015 years 8 months ago

True on your statement but you missed the point I was trying to make. A woman moves in with two children. Next thing you know she’s pregnant with a third. Now who do you suppose is going to pay for the medical, the birth and then feed and house that child? Right! We are. If her circumstances change after she signs a lease for her and two children she should move out and then reapply for a larger unit. . . at the very least. Personally, I think if they start multiplying in there they should be evicted. It isn’t a motel, a brothel or a whore house… well. . . maybe that’s what it has turned into.

2015 years 8 months ago

I am a little bit confused about the status of the WPD detective. If he primarily works undercover why would he be out in the middle of the day questioning someone with another detective. Not good procedure if you a UC person.

2015 years 8 months ago

You didn’t read and comprehend what you read. The undercover policeman was the one who got behind a tree and returned gun fire to the man who shot the detective.

2015 years 8 months ago

I have been wanting to give my two cents worth on this subject for several days and here goes.

Creekwood is government housing which means the government owns it and the housing authority manages it. Somewhere in the tenant’s lease it should state that an inspection can be done on a unit and they are required to give access to the property.

Pick a day. Any day. Get your ducks in a row and hit them early. Surround the entire perimeter of Creekwood with National Guard. Then have police block off any and all roads in and out of the area. Go door to door inspecting each unit.

If the unit is leased to a woman and two children and there is evidence of anyone else living there, male or female, charge that person with trespass. If men’s clothes, shaving supplies, shoes or what ever is there then it’s not hard to come to the conclusion they are living there. The person on the lease should be evicted immediately. They are breaking the rules of their lease.

Also, and I know this will blow up the bleeding hearts, if a woman is living there with her, lets say, 2 children and she’s pregnant, out she goes. Yes, out she goes.

Creekwood is a breeding ground for people who are dependent on government help to survive and the breeding has got to stop.

You say you don’t think that’s a problem? They interviewed a woman Thursday night on TV news who was concerned about an ambulance not being able to get in with all the police blocking the streets. Her example? It was “What if someone water breaks?” HELLO???? ANYONE THERE?????

Can you imagine the trash, guns, drugs, convicts, gang members and no telling what else you would find? At the end of the day Creekwood could be cleaned out. Get rid of the trash, the people who don’t appreciate what the government is doing. Shut up the one’s who WON’T TALK when a shooting happens out there and then complains cause the police don’t do anything to help find a shooter when it happens.

Now, I hear you yelling about costs. Everyone is yelling about task forces, committees, investigations, etc. That’s a waste of time and money at this point. Go out there, door to door and rid Creekwood of the people who don’t belong and the people who are as filthy as a convict because they allow them in there. And stop paying the sluts to lay down and get pregnant because they know we will pay for it.

It may take all day. It might take into the night but with enough man power (and I think it can be done) you can make a fatal sweep through this area and improve it greatly. Don’t let anyone run away or drive away. Take care of this cesspool now.

Jeff Hovis sounded like he was bewildered on the news Thursday night. Mr. Hovis, get off your butt, implement this and clean your houses up. Enough time has been spent scratching your head, shaking your head and saying we have got to do something. It’s time. Right Now. Get this done.

2015 years 8 months ago

WHY IS THIS POS ON THE STREETS???? This is the problem with our legal system. He should have been behind bars for his past crimes. Det. Spencer can thank the Judge who let this POS back out…My prayers go out to Det. Spencer and his family. Thank you for your service to New Hanover County.


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