Deputy Sheriff David Lee'Sean Manning

Deputy Sheriff David Lee'Sean Manning

Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, March 11, 2018

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David Lee'Sean Manning

Deputy Sheriff David Manning was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 111 halfway between Tarboro and Pinetops, at approximately 6:15 pm.

His patrol car collided with a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction as he turned around to pursue a possible drunk driver. The vehicle he was going to stop crashed in a roadside ditch a short distance away. The driver fled on foot but was later apprehended. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and hit and run. He was released after posting bond. The occupants of the truck, a man and his wife, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

On March 21st, 2018, the 33-year-old driver was charged with DWI after investigating officers discovered that he drank several malt beverages at a local bar before the crash. A bartender and the bar owner were also charged in relation to the incident. On March 7th, 2019, the driver was convicted of DWI, received a suspended sentence, received two years probation, and lost his license for one year. The bar owner and the bartender were fined.

Deputy Manning had served with the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office for four months. He is survived by his daughter, fiance, parents, three brothers, two grandmothers, and a grandfather. A local street in Pinetops was named David Manning Street in his honor.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge 839

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Convicted of DWI

vehicle pursuit

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I remember every detail of this night down to the minute. You were always so kind to me, we would always talk at shift change and hang out for 10 minutes. You did several favors for me. I was informed a deputy had wrecked but nothing else. I didnt go to the scene and im glad. Those are not images I want. I went to the hospital ER, positively thinking that a deputy would arrive hurt but alive. Shortly after I was informed it was you. I was met by gawking and gazing nurses. I told a very special nurse I was there to greet a hurt deputy. She informed me that the deputy was coming in deceased. My heart broke and my eyes began welling up. I had to quickly walk out so that the public did not see me, did not see a Deputy, about to cry. I walked to the edge of hospital property to a treeline and started to sob. A very special nurse consoled me. I was told to go home and I didnt understand why. It took me years of self reflection to understand that I, along with the entire office, were too compromised to finish our shifts.

Deputy Manning was the type of personality and worker that could have risen ranks to the top. He could have been Sheriff one day.

A good friend.

August 14, 2021

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