Hertford County deputy shoots, kills ‘combative’ man, sheriff says

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HERTFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY/AP) — A North Carolina sheriff says his chief deputy has shot and killed a man after he and other law enforcement officers responded to a report of a person with a handgun.

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes said in a news release the shooting happened in the 1400 block of N.C. Highway 45 South, in the town of Cofield.

Hayes said 911 received a call from the area shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a man who was combative, irate and armed with a handgun. 

Several Hertford deputies responded to the area, along with the Ahoskie Police Department, Vidant Hospital Company Police, North Carolina State Probation and Parole, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Murfreesboro Police Department.

The Associated Press reports Hayes said Chief Deputy William Liverman killed 44-year-old Philip Wayne Outland of Perquimans County, adding that Liverman is now on administrative leave with pay. 

Neighbors tell 10 On Your Side that Outland was having an argument with a family member before police arrived. It was when that situation escalated the police were called to the scene.  

They say he was a productive part of the community, but wonder if something was wrong with him for this to happen. Liverman is a 20-year veteran on the force. He is currently on leave with pay. 

The sheriff’s office said the State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into the shooting.

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