NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A man was shot and killed by law enforcement after officials say he shot a detective Thursday afternoon.
District Attorney Ben David confirmed that the suspect involved in a recent detective shooting, Brandon Smith, is now dead after being located Sunday. According to David, a multi-agency task force had been searching for Smith since Thursday's shooting.
Officials with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office say around 4 p.m. Sunday, detectives saw a Chevy Impala they thought Smith was in on Princess Place Drive. Detectives followed the car down 23rd Street and onto Blue Clay Road before the car turned onto Bermuda Drive and accelerated.
At that point, detectives turned on blue lights and sirens and continued to follow the car onto Castle Hayne Road, then to Carl Seitter Drive and Fulbright Street, which turns into a dead end.
From there, Smith and the car's driver, Vincent Joyner, got out and fled on foot. Joyner was apprehended and arrested, while Smith fled into a wooded area, where officials say he was shot and killed.
No officers were injured during Sunday's incident, according to officials on the scene.
Detective Spencer, the man authorities say Smith shot Thursday, is said to be recovering well at the hospital.
Agencies involved included the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the Wilmington Police Department, the FBI, the SBI and the ATF.
The two sheriff's deputies involved were Detective E.K. Edwards and Detective J. L. Jewell. Edwards began in 2000 and was promoted to Detective Vice & Narcotics in 2007.
Jewell began in 1998, and was promoted several times before being transferred to Vice and Narcotics Detective.
SMITH'S FAMILY SPEAKS OUT
Brandon Smith's sister is speaking out about her brother's shooting death Sunday. She said law enforcement acted too quickly when they shot and killed Brandon.
"I don't think it's right or fair of the measures they took today," said Georgia Smith. "I mean they didn't even give him a chance to do anything. All didn't even give him a chance. He didn't get to do anything."
A woman who said she is Brandon Smith's estranged wife is also upset over the murder of the man she said she loved. Lindsey Smith said she hadn't spoken to Brandon Smith in years, but disagreed with the way he was killed. She said that she believes Brandon was the victim of racial profiling and murder.
"Just because you're the law, does not mean you can take the law into your own hands and kill people," said Smith. "You were supposed to go out and apprehend him for whatever investigation or whatever he was involved in. You wasn't supposed to go out and gun him down and kill him."