On September 13, 2021, I announced my findings in an officer involved shooting that occurred near Salemburg in Sampson County.
On July 4, 2021, Craig Locklear was fatally shot by a Sampson County deputy after a high speed chase involving the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and deputies from the Sampson County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect fled on foot into a wooded area and, later that afternoon, a Sampson County deputy confronted the suspect during a traffic stop. Locklear was armed and raised his firearm toward the deputy. The deputy shot the suspect.
I found the shooting death, although tragic for the suspect's family, is justified. The deputy was exercising his right to self-defense.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton