UPDATE: Columbus Co. deputies shoot, kill murder suspect; 2nd death under investigation

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Submitted: Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:55am
Updated: Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:53pm

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators say Columbus County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a murder suspect in Tabor City overnight after they say he fired at them. Meanwhile they are also investigating a fire, where another man died.

Investigators say the man deputies shot is Dion Julius Brown, 22. They they say Brown is responsible for the murder of a grocery store clerk in Loris, SC, Sunday night. Malcolm “Mac” Ray Norris, 49, of Tabor City, died in that shooting during an armed robbery.

Horry County (SC) Police Chief Saundra Rhodes says officers were able to identify Brown using Hill’s surveillance cameras.

Monday, detectives say they got information Brown was in the area at which point Columbus County Sheriff’s deputies and Horry County Police began working together to find him.

Just after midnight Tuesday morning investigators started searching the Tabor City area.

During that search, a call came in around 1:50 a.m. of a fire at a home at 311 W. 2nd St. When investigators arrived, they saw Brown leaving the home and chased him into the woods.

“Mr. Brown used a firearm and shot multiple times at deputies,” District Attorney Jon David said.

David says Brown hit a deputy but he was not hurt, because he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

“I thank God, I truly do, that he was wearing body armor,” Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said.

Deputies returned fire and wound up killing Brown. Sheriff Hatcher says two deputies are on paid administrative leave as the shooting is investigated. Their names have not been released.

Meanwhile, the SBI is looking into the 2nd Street fire as arson. David says Brown is believed to have set the fire. Investigators have not released the name of the man who died in that fire as they try to notify his family.

Investigators say they are also looking into whether Brown was involved in other incidents in the area, including the robbery of the Tabor City McDonald’s Monday.

“This is a very complex case on many different levels. It is very sophisticated and multi-faceted from the standpoint that there are really four different aspects to what it is we are now dealing with,” David said.

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10 Comments on "UPDATE: Columbus Co. deputies shoot, kill murder suspect; 2nd death under investigation"

2015 years 8 months ago

Well done columbus county sherrif’s, if more polise forces would take care of these worthless trashbag THUGS and CRIMINELS then we wouldn’t have all these lazy good for nothing moocher THUG criminels laying up in jail for years on end hogging up my tax dollars to get free room and board, free colour tv, three free square meals a day, and free air conditioning!!!! i don’t even have air conditionieng at my house and these criminel trashbag THUGS get to have it on our dime!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Kudos to law enforcement . These officers deserve a commendation for there heroism .

2015 years 8 months ago

Great job Columbus County SD, and Horry County PD, glad you got this guy, because if it was up to the Loris Police Dept, he would still be on the run, because they are a bunch of Clowns, and can’t get anything done, that’s why they always call in the Horry County PD, because they can’t do it themselves!

2015 years 8 months ago

The police haters are too busy with the suicidal marine veteran they shot in Wilmington. You guys are looking great. Stay safe, go after the bad guys.

2015 years 8 months ago

…from under their rocks to express their further disdain toward law enforcement.

2015 years 8 months ago

The town of Loris is wasting money with their PD the way it is run and led. Loris should save their money and let Horry County PD patrol the town since they can’t address actual crime and criminals anymore.

2015 years 8 months ago

I used to work with Mack when I was young, I always saw a smile on his face, always worked hard…to law enforcement, outstanding!…no need for a speedy trial.

Thomas True
2015 years 8 months ago

Good work!

2015 years 8 months ago

Good thing nobody was hurt at McDonalds but feel so bad for mack and the family of the man who burned in his home. Maybe if more of these people that are doing bad things were shot and killed violence wouldn’t be as bad. I’m sure this was some kind of gang related mission this 22 year old had to complete which is totally insane. You go out and take an innocent life. God handles you all in the end. You definitely won’t get to heaven doing these types of things.

2015 years 8 months ago

Mac was a wonderful guy who would give you his shirt off of his back. He will be truly missed by alot of people.. I myself is grieving over him. I hope he knew how much his friendship meant to me…RIP Mack. I will never forget you. Your friend. Ronda