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Deputies cleared in fatal officer-involved shooting

The SBI's Arson Taskforce is on scene investigating a fatal fire in Tabor City Tuesday morning. (Source: WECT) The SBI's Arson Taskforce is on scene investigating a fatal fire in Tabor City Tuesday morning. (Source: WECT)
Officials are investigating the Tuesday morning shooting in Tabor City that left one man dead and an officer injured. (Source: WECT) Officials are investigating the Tuesday morning shooting in Tabor City that left one man dead and an officer injured. (Source: WECT)
TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) -

Deputies who were involved in a fatal shooting in Tabor City in April have been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection to the incident.

According to District Attorney Jon David, Dion Julius Brown, 22, was shot and killed by deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office while he was actively being sought for a crime spree that happened in SC and NC.

The Horry County Police Department in South Carolina contacted the Columbus County Sheriff's Office April 28 to ask for help in locating Brown in Tabor City. Horry County Police had arrest warrants out for Brown for the murder of Hills Food Store manager Malcolm "Mack" Ray Norris Jr.

According to David, law enforcement received a tip that Brown was likely at a home off Second Street in Tabor City. When officers arrived they found Eugene T. McQueen, deceased inside and Brown running away.

Officers followed Brown to confront him. That's when the man fired several shots at deputies, hitting one who was wearing a bullet proof vest.

Deputies fired back and ultimately killed Brown.

"It is always unfortunate when officers are compelled by circumstances to use deadly force," David said in a news release. "In this instance, the use of deadly force was a measured and justified reaction to the violent and criminal behavior of Mr. Dion Brown."

David said the deputies involved should be "commended for risking their own lives in service to the people of Columbus County."

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