Greenville officers involved in deadly shooting cleared for duty

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Three Greenville officers involved in a shooting that killed a man last month have been cleared to return to duty.

According to the Greenville Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation conducted a thorough review of the shooting on Dec. 22 that killed 24-year-old James Lewis Brown. The SBI has deemed that the officers involved in the shooting are fit to resume work.

"While these officers have been cleared to return to full duty, we will not return them to street duties until they have received the proper counseling and care required after a traumatic incident of this magnitude," said Police Chief Hassan Aden.

Police said it all started at about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, when they received a call of a suicidal man at the Vineyard Townhomes off Forlines Road. Officers later found Brown walking along Forlines Road, less than a mile from the town home complex, according to police.

When the officers went to check on Brown, he allegedly pointed a gun at them. The officers then shot him, said investigators.

Brown later died at Vidant Medical Center.

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