Johnston County deputy shoots suspect during arrest, sheriff’s office says

Johnston County News

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN)– A Johnston County deputy shot a suspect during an arrest Wednesday in Benson, the sheriff’s office said.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were helping the SBI, ATF and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office with an arrest around 11 a.m. when the shooting occurred.

During the arrest, the suspect was shot and suffered a non-life threatening injury and was taken to the hospital.

The SBI will conduct an investigation, which is a routine procedure.

The SBI said this is the 20th officer-involved shooting they have been requested to investigate this year.

Agencies are not required to request SBI assistance or notify the SBI, but the SBI said most agencies do request assistance with these cases.

In 2020, the SBI said they conducted 61 officer-involved shooting investigations, 55 investigations in 2019, 54 investigations in 2018, 39 investigations in 2017 and 44 investigations in 2016.

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