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Brunswick deputy cleared in Riegelwood use-of-force incident

BRUNSWICK COUNTY –– District Attorney Jon David has cleared a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy for firing a weapon and shooting the hand of an individual who displayed a weapon when approached by law enforcement.

The sheriff’s office responded to a psychiatric call on June 11 at 5:50 p.m. on Foxwood Drive in Riegelwood. The deputy made contact with the subject, Tommy Tedder, to attempt to deescalate the situation.

During the interaction, the deputy was speaking with members of Tedder’s family when Tedder approached the doorway of the home and displayed a firearm, according to a release from David’s office.

The deputy instructed Tedder to drop his weapon; Tedder raised the firearm and pointed it at the deputy. The deputy then shot Tedder in the hand and he was transported to the hospital where he was treated for his non-life-threatening injury.

David and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram asked the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an outside review of the incident.

Law enforcement officers are legally justified in using force if it appears necessary to defend themselves or another person from the imminent use of deadly physical force.

“In this case, the evidence clearly demonstrates that the deputy who discharged his weapon perceived that his actions were necessary for the protection of his own life. At the time of the shooting, the entirety of the
incident was captured on body worn camera,” David said in the release. “Based on a totality of the circumstances, I have determined that the deputy took extraordinary measures to deescalate the situation and was legally justified in discharging his duty weapon.”

David’s office is prosecuting Tedder for felony assault against the deputy who ultimately discharged his weapon.

“The deputy involved acted courageously and legally in risking his own life in protection of the public,” David said in the release.

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