JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

A deputy with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office died in court while serving as a bailiff Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sheriff Ed Brown, Deputy Steve Black was serving as a bailiff at the Onslow County Courthouse at 109 Old Bridge St. in Jacksonville. But at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Deputy Black suffered a medical issue and died in court, Sheriff Brown said.

Sheriff Brown said the exact cause of death is unknown.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office released the following statement:

"Deputy Black was an honorable and dependable deputy, who served the Onslow County Sheriff's Office for 12 years with pride until his death [Tuesday]. The Onslow County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all the citizens who have offered their condolences."

Funeral arrangements have not made at this time.