New Hanover Co. man fatally shot after standoff had outstanding warrants

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man shot and killed by a deputy early this morning. Investigators say Joshua Nash Bryant, 20, was killed after the nine-hour standoff.

A deputy shot and killed Bryant outside his family’s home in the 2700 block of Valor Drive around 5 a.m. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said the shooting happened after Bryant came out of the house with a rifle.

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Det. Sean Dixon is on paid administrative leave per Sheriff’s Office policy and protocol until the conclusion of the SBI’s investigation.

It all started around 8 p.m. Monday when deputies responded to a report of a suicidal man. Brewer said after arriving on scene, deputies found the man barricaded in the home. They evacuated surrounding homes for safety and security.

Radio traffic between deputies and dispatch shows what was happening at that moment.

“Encountered the subject, extremely violent, throwing stuff, breaking up stuff in the house, making threats, weapons in dad’s bedroom, dad is outside with us,” a deputy told dispatch.

The standoff lasted throughout the night. Brewer says a negotiator arrived at the scene shortly after the incident began. The NHSO Emergency Response Team was called to the home after 4 a.m., but they arrived after the shooting.

After he was shot, EMS took Bryant to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Late Tuesday morning, a woman who said she was Bryant’s grandmother arrived in the neighborhood. She would not talk on camera, but she told WWAY the family is shocked at what happened. She said Bryant was “a sweet boy.” She said Bryant lived in the house with his father, stepmother and a teenage sister. She said Bryant was arguing last night with his parents before she said Bryant’s father called 911.

Wilmington Police tell WWAY Bryant had warrants out for his arrest after he allegedly punched another driver on Market Street Sunday, hit the other driver’s car with his own and then hit the car with a machete before driving off.

Following standard protocol the sheriff’s office has called in the North Carolina SBI as well as District Attorney Ben David.

Det. Dixon has more than eight years of law enforcement experience with five years experience on the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team and is currently assigned to the Detective Division.

Dixon was also the K9 handler who helped find a missing 6-year-old in September 2016.