Deputies cleared in alleged excessive force case from 2007 - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Deputies cleared in alleged excessive force case from 2007

LELAND, NC (WECT) – A jury in Federal District Court defended the actions of two Brunswick County Sheriff's Deputies who were involved in a shooting in 2007.

According to the sheriff's office, George Cooper alleged that Deputies James Sheehan and Brian Carlisle used excessive force in an incident that happened May 2, 2007 near his home in Leland.

According to prior reports, the deputies were responding to a 911 call when Cooper went on his back porch and pointed a shotgun at them.

The deputies were unable to find cover and fired at Cooper, hitting him several times. Cooper was treated at the hospital and later released.

An SBI investigation cleared the deputies in 2007 of criminal charges related to the incident.

Federal District Court Judge James Denver dismissed the alleged excessive force case in 2014 "on the grounds, that based on the jury's findings of fact, Sheehan and Carlisle were entitled to use deadly force to defend themselves and therefore could not be liable to Cooper," according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

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