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Whiteville man arrested in Lumberton officer's shooting death

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LUMBERTON, NC (AP) -- A Columbus County man has been arrested and charged with killing a Lumberton police officer.

Twenty-seven-year-old Marques Ramon Brown of Whiteville was charged with murder Tuesday night.

He is accused of shooting Master Police Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr. at a gas station just off Interstate 95 late Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old officer was off-duty when he saw a man wanted on other charges. Authorities say he waited for another officer before approaching the suspect's car. As the officers walked up, authorities say the suspect began shooting, and Goodson was struck several times. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Goodson had been with the police department since 2006.

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