Deputy involved in Bladen County traffic stop shooting returns to full duty

— A Bladen County sheriff’s deputy involved in traffic stop shooting that injured an Elizabethtown man returned to full duty Friday after an internal review by the sheriff’s department, Sheriff James A. McVicker said.

According to authorities, Deputy D.A. Schmale Jr. stopped a vehicle driven by Dennis Marshall on Feb. 13. After learning Marshall had an oustanding warrant for his arrest, Schmale attempted to arrest him. Marshall resisted, retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and began firing at Schmale and Elizabethtown Police Officer Blake Bryan, who had arrived on scene to assist Schmale, McVicker said.
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