Edgecombe deputy involved in fatal shooting placed on leave

Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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State officials on Wednesday released the identities of an Edgecombe County deputy and the alleged assailant he fatally shot.

Noelle Talley, public information officer for N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, said Edgecombe County Deputy Darrick Winders responded to a domestic dispute around 4 p.m. Monday at a house on the 12000 block of U.S. 258 in Macclesfield. Upon arrival, Winders told authorities he saw Kenneth Shawn Todd, 41, with a weapon and ordered Todd to put down the weapon. The deputy was the only law enforcement officer at the scene at the time of the incident.
 
Winders told authorities Todd refused to comply with commands and charged at the deputy. The officer fired multiple shots at Todd, fatally wounding him. Todd died at the scene.
 
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the incident at the request of Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight and District Attorney Robert Evans of the Seventh Prosecutorial District that includes Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties. Winders also was placed on paid leave until the investigation is complete.