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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As details continue to be released regarding the shooting and killing of Brandon Smith by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy, one big fact cannot be confirmed yet – whether or not Smith was armed when he was shot.

A request for confirmation from the Sheriff’s Office was referred to the SBI, which is investigating the shooting.

An SBI spokeswoman said she couldn’t confirm whether or not he had a gun, because the shooting is still under investigation.

Investigators say Smith shot a deputy in the leg late Thursday morning in Creekwood. Investigators say he showed back up in the area Sunday afternoon, then led officers on a chase that ended in Castle Hayne on a dead end street.


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  • Brandons friend

    You know nothing Brandon is loved by his children wife mother Brandon was and still is a child of god how bout check his wife’s page for family pictures slum bag

  • Greenie

    I’ve seen your troll posts before. I am a former Marine who helped evacuate the US embassy in Somalia during the First Gulf War, and have many friends who passed through Somalia during their careers. The spirit of my post was to point out the general lawlessness in certain areas of Wilmington, any the reluctance of certain law enforcement departments to rein them in. Further, when you have a population with nothing to lose, and a low esteem of life in general, then how long before the violence is pointed out instead of within?

    And it does have impact on all of us in Wilmington. Already, these people are being manipulated by forces based elsewhere, in the form of gang bosses, to finance their operations through drug sales to our children, our co-workers, and our friends and family. Property values certainly aren’t tripling in these high crime areas. With shots fired nearly every day for months now, how long should it take to restore order?

    I stand by my previous statement, and believe change will either have to come from community involvement and dedicated parenting, or a wrecking ball to the “projects.”

  • guesty

    Another punk taking a dirt nap.

  • Benay Cotten

    Sorry my child is not throwing gang signs it’s john cena his favorite wrestler on a 10 year old page wow

  • Benay Cotten

    Law enforcement officers is no better than you and I don’t give you the right to take someone life and everybody that’s making evil comments that tells what kind of people y’all are let’s see what side y’all will be on judgement day …..

  • B a good man and father

    It doesn’t freaking matter what yall say they had no business killing him he didnt kill the freaking officer and then ontop of that they dont even know if he was armed which in my eyes he couldn’t have been shooting back on the day he was killed justice needs to be served Tip to a good man/father B as I know him

  • Guest-o-matic

    And haven’t even a distant clue as to the magnitude of total chaotic anarchism is as exists in Somalia. A place where children carry fully automatic AK’s with gun belts and mammas strap bombs under their nasty, sweaty clothing and forget panties. No, I KNOW you don’t know!

    This is a growing city with a few problems that have to be addressed and changes that are necessary. The police are doing their job. Now, we have to get the judicial system to do THEIRS and totally restructure the prison system to make it, let’s say, a weeeee bit more uncomfortable. Similar to Mexican and Bolivian prisons. That bell start’nta ring with ya yet there Greenie?

  • GuestGSide

    Hey WWAY, why don’t you show a current picture of Smith, that can easily be found on his facebook page…Search for Bez Smith (Be easy? Yep, easy now.) He just happens to be wearing blood red. His son’s facebook page is interesting too…he’s wearing read and throwing signs, a little kid!
    Or post the comments of his friend Lashia Latrice Bailey, who was threatening people openly on facebook and threatening gang violence.
    This guy made his bed. He should lay in it.

  • Greenie

    Has it occurred to anyone else that the gang situation is not far off from becoming a mini Somalia? Complete lawlessness, “billy”mentality, gun culture, rivalries, vacuums of power, drugs, child recruitment. I keep hearing about cease fires, church meetings, and Sheriff crackdowns (no pun intended), but you can lead a horse to water…

    Change has to either come from within, or from a wrecking ball.

  • Lives in the neighborhood

    If you understood just how heavily wooded the area he ran into was, you’d understand that the officers would have no way of knowing if he was armed or not. If he had not died of a gunshot would, he would’ve more than likely died of several Cottonmouth bites. We killed nine in our yard, last summer. His driver really chose a horrible getaway route. He drove him right into an area that is swampy and snake infested. Who’s really to blame?

  • PublicAvenger

    A chip off the ole block. And to think we dumped another $40 million into Creekwood.

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