District Attorney has cleared Bwk. Co. deputy in fatal shooting

Lawrence Walters; Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
Lawrence Walters; Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
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SUPPLY, NC (WECT) - District Attorney Rex Gore believes a deputy who shot and killed a man during a domestic dispute call acted within constraints of the law.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Bradley Hardee responded to a domestic call on Captains Wheel Avenue in Supply at around 7:30 Sunday evening.  49-year-old Alton "Lawrence" Walters lived with his girlfriend.

He was shot and killed during an altercation between Officer Hardee.

"I feel they could have handled it [the situation] in a better way than they did," said Alton Walters, who lost his son.

Lawrence was at his father's house just three hours before the incident.  His father said he heard his son had been shot over the scanners.

Police arrived at Lawrence's home after the woman who lived there reported her boyfriend was going to hurt her.  His girlfriend is still in shock about what took place Sunday evening, and said Lawrence was heavily intoxicated.

A friend, who refused to give her name, said she was at the house when officers arrived.  She said she heard the police say they wanted to talk to Lawrence and then heard a taser go off.  According to the friend, the taser had no effect on Lawrence.

Moments later she heard the fatal shot that killed the 49-year-old.

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office released the following statement in regards to the incident:

At approximately 7:05 pm on Sunday, September 6th, 2009 Deputy Bradly Hardee responded to a domestic disturbance at 2370 Captains Wheel Ave. SW., Supply.  Deputy Hardee attempted to place Mr. Alton Lawrence Walters under arrest.

Mr. Walters resisted arrest and failed to comply with Deputy Hardee's commands.  Deputy Hardee warned Mr. Walters he was going to deploy his taser, when Deputy Hardee deployed his taser and the probes struck Mr. Walters, he removed the leads from his body and continued to advance towards Deputy Hardee.

Mr. Walters attempted to reach for Deputy Hardee's weapon and at that time Deputy Hardee fired one shot.  Deputy Hardee requested EMS to render aid to Mr. Walters. EMS on scene at the time of incident was unable to revive Mr. Walters and he subsequently died.

North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore were called immediately.  Further investigation is continuing by the State Bureau of Investigations and Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Professionals Standards Division.

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