i love how so many of the commenters say that the armed robber "wasn't a bad person, he just made a bad decision
I don't know about you folks, but in MY book, anyone who points a gun at other people in an attempt to rob them is pretty much a "bad person". I think he made a LOT of bad decisions (like where did he get his gun--sure as hell NOT from a dealer, as he was 19). He had previous DUI charges, and a driving without a license charge. The LAST bad decision he made was pulling a gun on someone who was (unknown to him) an armed, trained, off-duty Deputy Sheriff.
Stuff like this happens all the time around here, and people still wonder why we Open Carry? If that deputy had been OCing (instead of CCing, as required by Pitt County Sheriff's Dept policy) this young "proto-thug" might have passed him up, and just walked on down the road.
This armed assailant's family needs to come to terms with the fact that their "little wayward angel" was a wanna-be thug, and was well on his way to a life of crime, thuggery, and mayhem. Luckily for the HONEST citizens of Eastern NC, his felonious career was stopped short, in what appears to be a VERY legitimate self-defense situation.
My prayers go out to Deputy Odom and HIS family. This guy is just a rookie, and this is NOT a pleasant way to begin his career in Law Enforcement in Pitt County. I only hope that his ability to defend himself while off duty and out of uniform will inform his future dealings with LAC's who ALSO choose to carry in Pitt County. Hopefully he will be friendly, understanding, and will follow NC law if he ever has to deal with a law-abiding citizen who is carrying lawfully in the future.
As for the family of the deceased criminal, I pray that they may get a clue, and stop raising potential thugs...