SBI investigates officer shooting

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

A Sunset Harbor man was killed after he pointed a loaded handgun at sheriff’s deputies.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting death, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

Stanley said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home at 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor around 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13.

The call was in reference to a man shooting a firearm inside his garage.

When deputies arrived at the home, Stanley said they were confronted by William Gordon Brown, 73, who pointed a loaded handgun at the deputies.

Stanley said the deputies tried to deploy a tazer, but it had no effect on Brown.

Deputy Joe Genda fired two shots, striking Brown, Stanley said.

Brown was later pronounced dead at Brunswick Community Hospital.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David have requested SBI agents investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting.

Genda, 29, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Genda was first hired by the sheriff’s office in February 2007, and makes an annual salary of $35,101.