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Deputies shoot, kill carjacking suspect




Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a robbery suspect after he crashed his carjacked SUV into a Wilson County deputy’s car early Sunday near Wilson.

Wilson County and Johnston County deputies fired on the man after the crash on N.C. 42 at the Interstate 95 interchange, an official said. The State Bureau of Investigation is examining the shooting.

Update: The SBI on Monday identified the man as 28-year-old Garrett Nelson Brooks of Roanoke Rapids. 

Paramedics rushed Brooks to the Wilson Medical Center emergency room. Initial reports indicated his injuries were life-threatening.

"Subject is still alive, but is bleeding profusely,” a deputy told Wilson County 911 dispatchers around 2 a.m.

Police and sheriff’s deputies chased a white Jeep Cherokee into Wilson County after Brooks reportedly committed two armed robberies and carjacked the Jeep in Smithfield. Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel confirmed that Brooks smashed into a Wilson County sheriff’s car and that Wilson and Johnston deputies opened fire.

Torrie Coley was driving home on N.C. 42 when police and deputies sped past to intercept the stolen Jeep.

"I’m coming up 42 and they’re going toward Wilson, blue lights coming from everywhere,” Coley said. "I’m listening to music and here they come flying past me. Next thing I know, all hell’s breaking loose.”

Sheriff’s office cars were parked sideways in the road when Coley reached the I-95 interchange. She had to take an alternate route to reach her home on N.C. 581 outside Lucama.

"I was scared,” she said. "I’m like, ‘Are you serious?’ They were coming from everywhere and I couldn’t even get home. I never want to experience that no more.”

Samuel referred questions to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office because that agency initiated the pursuit. An official there referred questions to Wilson County deputies.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell and SBI spokeswoman Noelle Talley didn’t return phone messages in time for this story.

Wilson, Smithfield and Selma police assisted deputies in the chase along with N.C. Highway Patrol troopers.

Police said the man robbed a cashier at gunpoint after midnight at the Kangaroo Express, 1137 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield. He ran from the gas station and robbed a customer at the nearby American Pride Car Wash, then drove away in the victim’s Jeep, according to Smithfield police.

Officers pursued the man through Smithfield and Selma, and Johnston County deputies joined the chase. Wilson County deputies and Wilson police were alerted as the speeding Jeep approached the county line.

Authorities closed the I-95 interchange at N.C. 42 and blocked the road for more than five hours as deputies and SBI agents investigated the shooting and crash.

Yellow crime scene tape was stretched across the I-95 on- and off-ramps as officials worked through the early morning hours. Sheriff Calvin Woodard was seen conferring with deputies near the wrecked cars.

corey@wilsontimes.com | 265-7821
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Shella Bella said...

So, "don't waste your time," law enforcement is about who you know personally? I guess the rest of us just have to hope for the best.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM
dont waste your time said...

commenting to these people who know nothing about law enforcement or the way we have to live our lives. These folks are the same ones who get locked up cause they don't know how to act. Be above this and stay on the right side of that thin blue line we made the commitment to uphold. They are just sad people with sad lives and the only way they feel better is to talk about folks they could never be. Not a damn one of them knows the officers involved in this situation or they would have known there was a deputy from each agency who was involved in this situation. One of them trying to protect his life and the other stepping in to make sure his brother wasn't hurt or killed. You guys got my support and have both already been told you need anything just call me since I know you both personally..... 1*

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM
@ maybe said...

I'm not a WDT employee I just have enough common sense to know that a reporter for WDT is sitting in a room listening to a scanner at 2 am just waiting for news to happen. Common sense!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM
@ Phillip Bunn said...

About as many as it takes when you pick up the phone and dial 911 when you get the brakes beat off of you for running your mouth to someone. Chump

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM
Tispo said...

First of all, it's Tispo, not Tipso. Second, you don't need to pray for me. I don't want or need insincere prayers. Third, this is not a religious issue. Is there a reason you prefer not to stick to the real topic?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Johnny said to Tipso said...

I am praying for you. That's what's wonderful about this great nation I can choose to believe or not believe and I can pray for whomever I choose. By the grace of God these young officers were able to return home to their families and for that I am thankful.
I love you Tipso and God loves you too even if you don't love Him!!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM Maybe said...

@ Hello... your absolutely right. This is not a breaking news outlet. This is not CNN, MSNBC, or any other online news outlet. BUT if something happens in your backyard then maybe, just maybe it would be nice to hear it from your local paper. I pay good $$ for my subscription and that is (My Problem). I really struck a nerve when I called your paper "SORRY". It's ok WDT employee I will still read this paper, and your job is secure for another go around. Have a good one and laugh a little more you seem kind of tense :D
@ This blue line brother... I am sorry for not thanking the law enforcement officers for keeping the bad guys at bay. I have several family members that are in law enforcement and I am very greatful that they have answered the call to protect their neighbors and community. I was just frustrated that our local town paper sleeps when news is happening. Especially in their own backyard. Then a WDT employee gets upset and tries to call my comment out. I agree with both of you.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM Phillip Bunn said...

I wonder how many deputies it takes to screw in a light bulb?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7:42 AM Tispo said...

Let's leave God out of this. This is not a religious issue.

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM Really said...

Just like the Wilson county sheriff office and their spokes woman Samuel to refer questions to Johnston County Sheriff...Mr. Woodard guess you have to talk with your legal experts first...As usual passing the buck unless it's for glory seeking!!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM headline should read said...

another Thug bites the dust. Jesse and Al will be on the way soon.

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM Thin Blue Line (brother) said...

The two posts below that I see after officers and deputies risk their lives in a high speed chase and subsequent gunfire want to talk about the Times being slow to cover or not?? REALLY? How about this: Thank you dear law enforcement personnel for risking your lives to protect us from this robbing, stealing danger to mankind. We are thankful for your service to our respective counties and this whole state. I pray God continues to bless and protect you all. I am so grateful none of you were killed or injured in this event. Thanks for being that thin blue line, its times like this that point out the meaning of that phrase.

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM Bit Chiz said...

Headline should say "Law Enforcement Officers Administer Death Penalty"

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM Hello said...

This is a newspaper not a breaking news by the minute news channel. If you want that you need wral...oh looks like you know that so what's the problem?

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM Maybe said...

WDT you are late to the party again. Maybe you should read WRAL.COM. They have covered the story almost from the time it began. Cut and paste then you have a story. I guess crime and news sleeps on the weekends? Sorry...

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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