Man wanted for shooting deputy killed

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Submitted: Mon, 10/14/2013 - 3:59am
Updated: Mon, 10/14/2013 - 4:28pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The search for a man wanted for allegedly shooting a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy came to a fatal end Sunday.

“Brandon Smith is dead,” District Attorney Ben David said during an early evening news conference near the scene where the 30-year-old suspect was shot and killed.

David said Smith was killed after a car chase and foot chase that ended with shots fired. Investigators said Smith shot Det. Michael Spencer in the leg Thursday as Spencer and a Wilmington Police detective, both members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, approached Smith and another man in Creekwood. The other man was taken into custody after the shooting, questioned and later released. Smith had been on the run since.

Witnesses say the shooting that killed Smith happened around 4:30 p.m. near Fulbright Road and Carl Seitter Drive in Castle Hayne.

“He was eventually chased into this neighborhood in a car,” David said. “That chase continued on foot in a heavily wooded area behind us, and that chase ended after multiple gunshots were fired in that wooded area.”

Smith’s family gathered nearby to mourn the loss.

Witnesses say they heard the screeching of tires and saw a light colored Crown Victoria speeding into the neighborhood followed by several police. That’s when they say they heard several gunshots.

Sheriff Ed McMahon says he will release more information as it becomes available.

“We will release more information including the officers that were involved. I can tell you that no officers were injured,” McMahon said. “Det. Spencer is recovering well at the hospital, and if you’ll excuse us, we have a lot of work to do.”

The State Bureau of Investigations has been called in to investigate, but the DA says this is standard procedure anytime an officer is involved in a shooting.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I wrote this comment just before the weekend and it didn’t get posted. The article I put it in is certainly old news now so I will copy / paste here in this article and hopefully someone will read it and agree.

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 so no one can run. 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 and it’s a privilege to live there, not an entitlement.

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 not intended as a breeding ground. . . women aren’t in there to have babies every 11 to 12 months.

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 idiots 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. Do your damn job!

2015 years 8 months ago

It is now over

2015 years 8 months ago

He was a cancer cell in the body of humanity. I’m glad he was killed.

2015 years 8 months ago

If the public had any clue as to the number of men, like Smith, with lengthy records for violent crimes, there would be a lot more people locking their doors. What was truly irritating was watching the people of Creekwood reacting to the shooting of the detective, irritated that lawmen do nothing unless one of their own is involved. I might remind these folks that not one resident of Creekwood saw anything on a New Year’s Eve not so many years ago when a teenager was shot to death at a party in the neighborhood. How do you expect the police to do their jobs when you won’t even come forward when a teenager is killed in front of several dozen other people. Shame on you. And, shame on you, the residents of Creekwood, for not taking a stand and making life miserable for the gangbangers that plague your neighborhood, gangbangers who kill your kids, who fill them with drugs. Shame on you, one and all. Now, go bury your heads in the sand like that big, ugly bird.

2015 years 8 months ago

How dare you pass judgement on a whole town!! If you went to church regularly you would know- Do not remove the splinter out of your neighbors eye without removing the plank from your own”. May you pray long and hard for getting your judgements in line!! And go to church and pray for peace for the town instead of destruction.