Onslow County deputy shoot and kill suspect in Hubert, SBI investigating

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An Onslow County deputy has been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a man that fired at him and other deputies Wednesday afternoon. 

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that as deputies responded to a call in Hubert that a man was destroying property at a home Wednesday. 

According to the sheriff’s office, another individual had been shot. The North Carolina Beat confirmed the identity of the victim as 17-year-old David Rios, a Swansboro High School student. 

Officials say Rios was taken to Naval Hospital Trauma Center with gunshot wounds and is expected to recover. 

Upon arrival, deputies located the suspect, 33-year-old Tony Michael Clements who fired at deputies before they returned fire killing him.

Clements died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s department. 

N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, which is standard procedure in such incidents. 



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