SMITHFIELD — Two Smithfield Police Department officers have been cleared in an August shooting that left one man dead, according to Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle.
The incident began with a dispute on North Street in Smithfield, in which Darryl Cornelius Wiggins assaulted Maurice Wiggins in the face. Family members called authorities, who surrounded the residence.
Darryl Wiggins refused attempts by officers to release Maurice Wiggins for medical treatment, according to a release from the DA’s office.
After Darryl Wiggins became agitated, he took aim at officers Adam Barret Jones and Ireneusz Lars Wilson with a firearm. They then shot and killed Darryl Wiggins.
The investigation by both the Johnston DA and the State Bureau of Investigation showed that the officers had reasonable cause to use deadly force.
An autopsy of Darryl Wiggins showed that his blood alcohol content was .16 at the time of his death — twice the legal limit to drive.