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DA: No law enforcement charged in fatal officer-involved shooting

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District Attorney Ben David held a press conference Monday morning to announce that no law enforcement officials will face charges in connection to a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened in April. (Source: WECT) District Attorney Ben David held a press conference Monday morning to announce that no law enforcement officials will face charges in connection to a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened in April. (Source: WECT)
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

District Attorney Ben David held a press conference Monday morning to announce that no law enforcement officials will face charges in connection to a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened in April.

Troopers were called to respond April 13, 2014 to a reported hit and run of a house at 740 Sloop Point road in Hampstead. While on the scene, Deputy Evan Rochelle with the Pender County Sheriff's Office advised shots were being fired on the same block.

Officer Tim Cowie of the Surf City Police Department and Trooper Josh Kiser of the Highway Patrol reported to the scene for backup.

When law enforcement went to the home at 716 Sloop Point Road for the second time where the reported shots had been fired, they found three men sitting inside.

According to David, evidence suggests Trooper Kiser had given the men commands that gave full notice of his authority to enter the home to continue his criminal investigation.

He told the men repeatedly to show his hands, but Maynard Thomas, 67 of Hampstead, reached for and pointed a loaded shotgun at Kiser.

The trooper told Thomas to drop his weapon, but ultimately fired back in self defense and killed him.

According to David, Kiser's use of force was justifiable, and he took action to protect himself and others.

"In our view, it's not a close legal question, the actors acted justifiably that night in the performance of their duties, and while regrettable, Maynard Thomas is dead today because of his criminal activity. The officers did nothing to violate the law, they were doing their job that night," David said.

David explained that everyone in the house was pretty impaired during the incident. Officials had to use a Taser to subdue Daryl Moore. Moore could face resist, obstruct, and delay charges. A woman was also in another part of the house that night.

Ultimately, the vehicle involved in the hit and run was found at the home where shots were fired and was registered to Thomas.

Officers located another loaded rifle underneath a blanket on the sofa where the three men were sitting. Officials say dozens of other weapons were located throughout the house.

Trooper Kiser has been reinstated with the NC Highway Patrol.

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