Probation Officer Involved In Johnston County Shooting

The State Bureau of Investigating is investigating a second officer involved shooting in Johnston County this month.

Just before 9:00pm Thursday, a probation officer was at an address on Antioch Church Road off Highway 39 in northern Johnston County conducting an official home visit.  While at the location, one individual was shot in the leg.  The shooting victim was transported to WakeMed for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.  The officer was not injured.

The probation officer has been placed on administrative duty while the investigation is ongoing.  The name of the probation officer was not immediately released.

The SBI is conducting an independent investigation while the Department of Public Safety conducts its own internal investigation, all of which is agency protocol in any officer involved shooting.

In a second and unrelated incident on December 4th, a Johnston County sheriff’s deputy shot Bruce Wayne Vaughan of Sanford while trying to serve outstanding arrest warrants against the 50 year-old man.  Vaughan had reportedly barricaded himself inside a room at the WoodSpring Suites Hotel near the 40/42 interchange in Cleveland.  When officers made entry into the room, Vaughan was shot.  His condition has not been released but the SBI said earlier this week there was no fatality. The deputy was not injured.

Vaughan was wanted on 19 indictments from Lee County on charges including statutory sex offense with a child and felony child abuse.


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