LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Days after a man was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Lillington, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office has released new information surrounding the fatality.
The man killed was identified as 68-year-old Lee Irvin Dawson Jr. in a Friday release from Sheriff Wayne Coats.
As Coats described, a 911 call came in from a friend of Dawson for an ambulance and officers. The friend told dispatchers that Dawson was having a “mental psychotic break.” A supervisor from the sheriff’s office went to the scene to attempt to speak with Dawson.
It was due to Dawson’s actions toward the supervisor that the sheriff said it “became evident very quickly the individual was a danger to himself and others.”
Dawson’s wife was made aware of the process to obtain an involuntary commitment order. Those involuntary commitment paperwork was then secured at the magistrate’s office, the sheriff said.
Two supervisors and two patrol deputies then arrived back at the residence to take custody of Dawson. When they did, the sheriff said Dawson was seen sitting on the front porch.
Dawson stood up right away, walking towards the deputies and waving a firearm, the sheriff said.
After numerous commands to drop the firearm were “ignored” and the level of threat “intensified,” sheriff Coats said deputies used deadly force.
While still unclear how many fired their weapons, the four deputies involved have been identified as:
- Sergeant. J. Poole
- Corporal M. Allen
- Deputy D. Figueroa
- Deputy C. Chavis