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Reward offered for deputy shooting suspect; NHSO clarifies details

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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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