Around 8p.m. last Monday, two Robeson County North Carolina Sheriffs deputies and one State Highway Patrolman were conducting Hurricane Matthew search and rescue operations in Lumberton when they noticed a suspicious man.
56-year-old Dennis Hunt became hostile when the deputies approached him. Hunt brandished a weapon, which lead Sgt. J.F. Hinson, the State Highway Patrolman, to fire his duty weapon.
Hunt died from his injuries.
“I am proud that our first responders were in the community rendering aid to our citizens,” Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said in a statement. “While we are saddened by any loss of life, I am thankful that our member and the Robeson County Sheriffs’ deputies were not injured.”
Hinson, a 13-year veteran of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. This is standard operating procedure for any officer-involved shooting.
According to court records, Hunt was a serial criminal with a history of violence, instead violence with weapons. In 2005, he was charged with assaulting a government employee and in 2008, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Hunt also had criminal convictions as far back as 1983, which included more than 20 trespassing and breaking and entering charges. He also had three convictions for assaulting a woman.
At the time of his death, Hunt had three pending charges of assault for pointing a gun at someone in June.