12 days later: Pender Co. deputy-involved shooting still under investigation

Alfred Thompson (Photo: PCSO)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly two weeks after an deputy involved shooting in Pender County, we still know very little about what really happened.

The shooting happened January 17 in the Maple Hill Community.

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A news release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office stated that two deputies approached two people a parked car, saw what they believed was a gun in one man’s hand, and one deputy fired shots.

The following day, witnesses told WWAY that the man in the car, Walter Ray Thompson, had a flashlight in his hand, and that the deputies mistook it for a gun, and fired three shots into the windshield of the SUV.

Initially Thompson identified himself as Alfred Thompson. He is charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, identity theft, and driving while impaired.

As of January 29, Thompson remains in the Pender County Jail under a $17,000 secured bond.

The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the deputy, or said if a gun was found in the vehicle. The unnamed deputy was placed on administrative leave.

The SBI is not investigating because no injury or death occurred.

Captain James Rowell with the sheriff’s office says the deputy’s name will not be released until the investigation is completed, which could happen sometime this week.