Investigators now know the identity of the man shot by an off duty deputy in an attempted armed robbery.
It happened last night at an ATM at a State Employees Credit Union branch on Charles Boulevard in Greenville.
Sheriff Mac Manning said, "The fault lies on the deceased. He instigated the incident."
Manning says Deputy Zackary Odom acted in self defense. Odom was stopped at a ATM machine when Antonio Lacy approach his car from behind. Manning says Lacy pointed a gun at Odom.
"What the robber obviously did not know was that his chosen victim was a well trained, and armed, Pitt County Deputy Sheriff,” Manning said.
Odom shot Lacy who he later died at the hospital.
Manning said, "He clearly understands he acted as he had to do to defend his own life."
But for people like Shena Reed, the attempted robbery has them more cautions. "I am already on guard but the incident like last night just makes me a little bit more leery and I think I am going to stop going at night now,” she said.
Reed says she stops to take out money several times a week. “I know that, normally, when I come up, I circle the building a couple of times. But that still doesn't make a difference."
Manning said, "We live in a civil society. Citizens shouldn't have to worry about robbers approaching them. I don't care what time of day or night they're out in public."
He says Odom's status with the department has not changed and is not on any kind of administrative leave.
The SBI is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure any time a deputy uses deadly force.
The Greenville Police Department is investigating the robbery.
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This afternoon we're learning more about the incident where police say a sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who tried to rob him.
Deputy Zackary Odom was not on duty at the time.
Around 10:30 last night, Odom was at the State Employees Credit Union ATM on Charles Boulevard.
That's when police say Antonio Lacy approached Odom with a gun tried to rob him. Odom, who had his gun, shot at the suspect.
Lacy was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he later died. Odom was not injured.
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