New details emerge in shooting at High Point church; Davidson County deputy fired shot that killed 18-year-old Frederick Cox

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A teenager was shot by a plain-clothes Davidson County deputy during a shooting at a High Point funeral, according to police.

At about 3:29 p.m. on Nov. 8, Living Water Baptist Church, located on the 1300 block of Brentwood Street, was holding a funeral service outdoors when a shooter opened fire on worshippers.

Witnesses told police that multiple shots were fired from at least two vehicles: a newer model dark gray four-door Dodge Charger and a white four-door sedan.

When officers arrived, they saw multiple vehicles speeding away from the scene.

Witnesses said shots were fired from the vehicles toward people in the crowd outside the church, as well as from some people in the crowd back at the vehicles.

Officers found about 70 shell casings from four different caliber weapons: 9mm, .40, .45, and .223.

Frederick Cox, 18, of High Point, was found dead. Police also found a few other victims suffering from minor injuries.

On Wednesday, officers revealed that a Davidson County deputy in plain clothes was at the funeral as part of an investigation into a Davidson County homicide.

Police say the deputy tried to help people to safety once the shots rang out.

At some point during the incident, the deputy fired his gun and shot and killed Cox.

The deputy reported he observed Cox with a handgun at the time he discharged his service weapon and other witnesses observed a handgun near Cox after he was shot. 

Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons told FOX8 that the deputy, who has not been publicly identified, was at the funeral for 18-year-old Jonas Thompson. The teenager had been found dead on Oct. 25 in a Davidson County field.

The family asked the deputy to attend the funeral after he developed a good relationship with him, the sheriff said.

The sheriff said he does not know whether the deputy was undercover or off duty.

Because a law enforcement officer fired their weapon, the High Point Police Department immediately contacted the State Bureau of Investigation and asked that they lead the investigation per standard protocol. The deputy is on administrative leave.

No suspect information has been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the High Point Police Department at (336) 883-3224 or Crime Stoppers of High Point at (336) 889-4000.

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