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Deputy Sheriff Charles Douglas Martin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Douglas "Charlie" Brown, Jr.

Martin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 809

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/8/2009

Weapon: Rifle; SKS

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Deputy Charlie Brown was shot and killed during a confrontation with a suspect in Williamston on West Main Street at 9:15 am.

Deputy Brown, along with other deputies and officers from the Williamston Police Department, had responded to reports of a man walking down the street firing a long-gun. The responding units located the man in the rear of a residence and several officers, including Deputy Brown, took cover to make their way to the rear of the house. Deputy Brown was making his way from one point of cover to another when the suspect appeared from behind the residence with an assault rifle at his side. Deputy Brown yelled for the suspect to drop the weapon. The suspect fired several shots, and one bullet hit Deputy Brown in the side under his arm where his body armor does not protect.

The other officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Deputy Brown was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

Deputy Brown had served in the Narcotics Unit and the K9 Unit with the Martin County Sheriff's Office and Williamston Police Department for 15 years. He was a United States Marine Corp veteran and served in Desert Storm. He previously served with the North Carolina Department of Corrections and was a member of the PERT team as a sniper. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.

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I served with Charlie in the Marine Corps and the Gulf War! He was a fine man, kind, positive and never had a bad word to say about another! I too was a policeman for Columbus, Ohio, retired now! News of his death was shocking and I felt a real sense of loss! R.I.P. my good buddy!

Patrolman Steven Cockerham
Columbus Division of Police..friend, fellow Marine and fellow officer
August 26, 2014


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