Deputies Shoot, Injure Leland Man

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- A Leland man is in the hospital after being shot by sheriff's deputies.

The incident began with a 911 call from Lyle Baroski, who heard yelling and screaming coming from his neighbor's home.

"The officers came by pretty quick. They went behind back, I heard six or seven shots. I didn't know what had happened," Baroski said.

Sheriff Ron Hewett says the deputies responded to Maco Road in Leland and found 52-year-old George Cooper at the back door -- pointing a shotgun at them.

The deputies couldn't find cover, so they opened fire.

James Sheehan is a five-year veteran of the force, while Brian Carlisle has served for nearly two years.

They were right to shoot Cooper, Hewett said.

"The general statute states that if you're in fear for your life, deadly force is applied," he said. "This man did not meet them and ask 'How can I help you,' he met them with a shotgun."

Cooper is recovering at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The State Bureau of Investigation is now handling the investigation.

Reported by Joe Keiley