‘Domestic dispute’ leads to fatal officer-involved shooting in Davidson County

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A Davidson County man is dead and a sheriff's deputy is on administrative leave after a shooting in the Tyro area early Tuesday morning.

Dispatchers received a 911 call around 10:58 p.m. Monday about a domestic dispute at a home on Sink Farm Road. Deputies made contact with the victim at a family member's house on N.C. 150.

She told deputies her husband of 42 years, Briscoe Tim Woodell, 61, had assaulted her.

Deputies then went to Woodell's home on Sink Farm Road, where they found him locked inside a building on the back of his property. When deputies asked him to come outside, he said he wouldn't come out and would shoot before surrendering to law enforcement.

Deputies attempted to negotiate with Woodell, until they heard him fire a gunshot from inside the building around 12:30 a.m. They called in hostage negotiators with the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT), who tried to speak with Woodell and convince him to come out.

Around 1:47 a.m., sheriff's officials say Woodell left the building and fired a shotgun at deputies. A deputy fired one shot back, which hit Woodell.

A medic on scene performed CPR until EMS arrived. Woodell died from the gunshot wound on the way to the hospital.

Davidson County Sheriff David Grice identified the deputy involved in this shooting at Sgt. Jesse Sharp. Sharp has served with the sheriff's office for 12 years and is in good standing. Before that, he worked with the Denton Police Department for another 12 years, where he also served as the chief of police.

Sharp is on administrative leave from the sheriff's office, which Grice says is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

The State Bureau of Investigations is now leading the case. Grice says the SBI will work with the sheriff's office internal affairs department to determine if Sharp was justified when he shot back and killed Woodell.

Grice says he stands by his deputy's actions.

"You shoot at us, we shoot back," he said in a press conference Tuesday morning.

Grice said this was not Woodell's first encounter with law enforcement. He was arrested in March 2015 for assault on a law enforcement officer. A Davidson County sheriff's deputy showed up to Woodell's home on Sink Farm Road to check on him for a "similar situation," according to Grice.

Woodell's neighbors told FOX8 he made disturbing posts on Facebook during that incident.

Grice said investigators found new posts on Woodell's Facebook page that he posted during this standoff. Woodell makes threats and says goodbye to his loved ones, followed by comments including "this is the end" and "I hope you all die."

“It’s consistent with an individual who may be self-destructive and may be using us to bring about this," Grice said.

The fatal shooting has shake up the small community of Tyro. Woodell's neighbors say their street never sees any sort of violence.

“It’s always been a peaceful, family neighborhood," said Roger Callahan, whose mother lives across the street from Woodell.

“I just hate that it did happen," said Meghan Hunter, who knows the Woodell family. "You don’t have to believe it. You don’t want to believe it happens close to home.”