Sheriff:  We Have Lost One of our Own

Sheriff: We Have Lost One of our Own

“It’s a sad week for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office as we have lost one of our own,” Sherrif Pierce stated. On Wednesday, Sheriff Larry Pierce gave an update about Monday’s incident where one Deputy lost his life and two others were wounded.

Sergeant Matthew Fishman, Deputy Alexander Roman Torres, and Corporal Andrew Cox arrived at a residence on Arrington Bridge Road. After arriving, the three identified themselves, then the suspect inside the home began firing on the Deputies. All three Deputies were struck by gunfire.

Around 8 PM, SWAT teams entered the house and found the suspect, 23-year-old Jourdan Hamilton fatally wounded by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sergeant Matthew Fishman passed away yesterday and according to Sheriff Pierce, “he leaves a hole in this organization. He cared about the citizens and was doing what he loved.”

Deputy Alexander Ramon Torres was released from the hospital yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery. Corporal Andrew Cox was scheduled to be released today and is also expected to make a full recovery.

Sheriff Pierce stressed that “these are the dangers that our men and women face in law enforcement each and every day. ” Sheriff Pierce also stressed that within the first couple of years of working at the Sherriff’s Office, Deputies attend a Critical Incident Training.

That State Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation.