District Attorney: Deadly force justified in officer-involved shooting at Lenoir Walmart

- After reviewing multiple video accounts of the officer-involved shooting at a Walmart in Lenoir, the District Attorney's Office determined the officers involved acted properly and use of deadly force was justified. 

The incident happened Tuesday, August 16. 

DA David Learner met Friday, August 19 with Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown, Master Patrol Officer Brandon Thomas and Sgt. Brett Ingram, confirming to the officers and the department that the shooting of 32-year-old Carl Marcus Nivens was justified.

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The District Attorney reviewed video surveillance from Walmart, body camera video from the officers, preliminary autopsy photos and preliminary toxicology screens that indicated the presence of amphetamines and methamphetamine in the deceased subject.

DA Learner also reviewed findings of the lead investigator from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in making his determination that the officers acted appropriately.

“The officers’ decisions to use deadly force were fully justified and undoubtedly avoided injury to the officers and innocent bystanders,” Learner said in a written statement, released on Friday. “Nivens was actively shooting at Sgt. Ingram who returned fire, killing the suspect.”

The officers initially were placed on administrative leave but returned to active duty effective Friday, Aug. 19.

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