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Brandon Smith's estranged wife says she does not think he shot the deputy

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says a chase that ended with the shooting death of a wanted man started when detectives saw the suspect not far from where they say he shot a deputy Thursday.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Det. E.K. Edwards and Det. J.L. Jewell saw a car Sunday they believed had Brandon Devone Smith in it driving on Princess Place Drive. Law enforcement had been looking for Smith since they say he shot Det. Michael Spencer in Creekwood.

But Smith's estranged wife sees things differently.

Brewer says Edwards and Jewell followed the dark grey Chevrolet Impala up N. 23rd Street onto Blue Clay Rd. The car then turned onto Bermuda Dr. That's when investigators say it began to speed to get away from the deputies. At that point Brewer says the officers turned on their blue lights and sirens and kept following the car down Bermuda Dr. onto Castle Hayne Rd. The vehicle then turned onto Carl Seittler Drive, then onto Fulbright Street where it dead ends.

Brewer said at that point both men in the car jumped out and began to run. The driver, Vincent Albert Joyner, 39, was quickly taken into custody. Smith ran into the woods, and detectives chased him, Brewer said. While in the woods, shots were fired and Smith was killed.

Edwards, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2000, and Jewell, who joined the department in 1998, are on administrative leave pending a review of the case. The SBI in handling the investigation.

Joyner is charged with speeding to elude arrest and accessory after the fact.

But Smith’s estranged wife says she does not think he shot Spencer.

"I don't even think he shot the deputy. I think they are just blaming him. They said they were looking for him," Lindsey Smith said. "So, instead of getting him and taking him into custody they shot him down and murdered him."

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Yall don't even know the half

Once the Auptopsy comes out an they investigate your going to see a couple cops loosw there job.Tjen when the bullet that came out the cops leg matches the other cops gun its really going to get interesting. Cause that will mean they killed B for no reason which is going to start a big war. Ontop of that the Lawsuit that there going to get hit with. So at the End you wil see who gets the last Laugh! So talk all yall tough talk about how your glad he's dead you ain't hurting nobody feelings. Then if the Gang your talking about is Real OMG, You can't just kill anybody. So some were there is somebody just waiting to retailate on a innocent bystander which means they could be part of your family. Ill get to come back an comment again an how that's what they get Lol

say what?

Man you are a special kind of stupid.Maybe you can run down to the studio and get your ideas turned into a tv show called Wilmington CSI. cause that's about how dumb you sound.

War?

War?, society has been fighting a war against these low life thug wanna be gangsters for a long time. B was a worthless punk gangbanger, which you also sound like you may be , by your comments. All these gang bangers need to be rounded up and terminated. Regardless of race black white or purple , if you victimize others you don't deserve to live;))) glad those cops had good aim so we don't have to waste tax payer money feeding him;))

What War?

What big war are you talking about? Is it the war on literacy, which you have apparently been fighting your whole life.

What a get away driver

He drove to a dead end street!! What a couple of morons!!!

The detectives could have caught them on skateboards!
I sure hope nobody looks up to these idiots! Should've done us all a favor and shot the both!

One gone for good, but I am sure the second will be dealt with again. Losers!

I can't believe all the

I can't believe all the selfrightous ppl who have such horrible thing 2 say about a life being lost

dead end

It was a dead end alright !!

dont ask

should have had your i phone 5 and navi on and your cop finder app on dumeys.