DUDLEY, N.C. (WNCN) – Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce held a press conference Wednesday morning to speak about the standoff Monday that sent three deputies to the hospital, one of whom died.
It was the sheriff’s first time speaking publicly about the incident.
Wayne County officials said the three deputies were shot Monday around 11 a.m. while delivering involuntary commitment papers.
Sheriff Pierce said all three deputies were wearing bulletproof vests at the time and commended their heroic efforts.
He said deputy Sgt. Matthew Fishman, who had passed away, was with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office since 2010 and leaves behind a wife and children.
Sheriff Pierce said Sgt. Fishman was a well-respected law enforcement officer and an avid church member.
“When he would send emails, he would always put a bible verse at the end of his emails,” Sheriff Pierce said.
Cpl. Andrew Cox, 37, and deputy Alexander Ramon Torres, 27, were in stable condition as of Monday night and are expected to be okay, according to the sheriff.
Torres was released from the ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville Tuesday at about 2 p.m.
We previously reported that just before 8 p.m. Monday, and after more than 8 hours of a standoff, deputies said the incident was “over” after SWAT team members entered the home and located the suspect.
The suspect, 23-year-old Jourdan Hamilton, suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and died, according to Joel Gillie, Wayne County’s public affairs director.
Sheriff Pierce said Hamilton has had “instances in the past,” such as a probation violation, but there was “nothing to indicate he would be hostile.”
Records from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety show Hamilton was cited for two misdemeanors during the past two years. One was for communicating threats last year and another was for resisting an officer in 2019.
Sheriff Pierce did not comment on the specifics of the investigation.
He said the sheriff’s office is reviewing its policies to see if there is anything they need to do differently.
When asked about the issue of mental health, he said it’s a problem nationwide and something the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deals with daily.