Brunswick Co. deputies involved in shoot out

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) The intersection of Tryon Road and McMilly Road in Shallotte was quiet Monday, but it was a different story over the weekend.

A Brunswick County drug agent teamed up with two deputies to make an arrest in an undercover drug bust. They responded to the area after several residents complained about drug activity.

"The Sheriff's Office is responding to their complaints and attempting to do something with these areas," said Sergeant Mark Francisco. "We've conducted these operations successfully in the recent past, and this was the first incident that violence was used against the undercover officers."

Sergeant Francisco said the violence came after the undercover agent tried to buy crack cocaine from 20 year old Demontray Hill and another man.

When Hill started making demands, the agent refused and went to leave. According to reports, that's when Hill fired a shotgun at the agent's van, leaving the vehicle riddled with bullets.

"Any undercover drug operation is potentially dangerous. When you're dealing with street level dealers, sometimes those are the most dangerous," said Francisco.

One of the deputies in the back of the van returned fire but missed. The deputies later returned and arrested Hill, but the crack hasn't turned up.

Now, officials are investigating whether the use of force was necessary.

"Normally in this situation, that is justified," said Francisco.

The deputies involved in the incident are still performing their regular duties.

Hill is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $400,000 secured bond. He's facing several charges including three felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.

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