Deputy involved in shooting heads back to work

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A deputy involved in a shooting earlier this month is heading back to work.

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker announced today his office has completed its internal and separate review of the officer-involved shooting that happened on February 13 in Elizabethtown involving Dep. D.A. Schmale Jr. and Elizabethtown Police Officer Blake Bryan.

According to the sheriff’s office, Dep. Schmale stopped a vehicle, and when he learned the driver, Dennis Marshall of Elizabethtown, had an outstanding warrant for arrest, Schmale told Marshall to get out of the car. Instead, investigators say, Marshall resisted arrest and was able to get a handgun from inside the vehicle. The say Marshall shot at Dep. Schmale and Ofc. Bryan, who had just arrived at the scene to assist Schmale. Neither officer was hurt.

According to the sheriff’s office, both officers returned fire and subdued Marshall, who was taken to and treated at Bladen County Hospital. He was later moved to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for gunshot wounds. He is now in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Correction.

McVicker said it is standard procedure to do an internal investigation to determine if a deputy involved in an incident like this followed the law and  written policy and procedure for use of deadly force. After the investigation his office convenes a review board composed of members of the command staff, training unit, supervisors and an officer from an uninvolved agency that determines whether the officer complied with policy, and then the sheriff decides what should happen.

“Based on the findings, I believe my deputy acted within office guidelines, and I will be returning him to full duty on February 26,”McVicker said in a statement. “Because there is an ongoing investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation concerning the two officers’ involvement in the shooting and an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Elizabethtown Police Department, I will not be making any further statements at this time. The investigation by the SBI was initiated at the request of District Attorney Jon David. This is a standard procedure to have an outside agency do an independent investigation to insure transparency. I have advised Mr. David of my decision.”

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