WAYNE CO., N.C. — The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their own after Sergeant Matthew Fishman was fatally shot in the line of duty Monday morning.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 1st, deputies responded to a home on Arrington Bridge Road in Dudley.

Detectives say three deputies sustained gunshot wounds while serving involuntary commitment paperwork at the home including:

  • Sergeant Matthew Fishman, 38.
  • Deputy Alexander Ramon Torres, 27.
  • Corporal Andrew Cox, 37.

One deputy was treated at the scene and two others were airlifted to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries, according to a news release.

Police say shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, SWAT team members entered and located the suspect, Jourdan Hamilton, 33, inside the home with an apparent fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

NC SBI is conducting the investigation at this time.

Police say since the incident, Sergeant Matthew Fishman has passed away from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Governor Cooper has also ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to half-staff in honor of fallen Sergeant Fishman.

Cooper says “Today we adjourned the Council of State meeting in honor of Wayne Co. Sheriff Sgt. Matthew Fishman who was tragically shot and killed yesterday in the line of duty. Last night and this morning I talked with Sheriff Pierce and I extend my deepest sympathy and gratitude to the Fishman family for Matthew’s life, courage and service to the people of his county and state.”



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