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Suspect in Lumberton officer's death had run-ins with law in Whiteville

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - When a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty, it's not unusual for law enforcement officers who didn't know the fallen officer to grieve, and now, some Whiteville Police officers' hearts are heavier than most.

Marques Brown of Whiteville is charged with murder, accused of shooting master police officer Jeremiah Goodson Tuesday at a gas station just off of Interstate 95 in Lumberton, NC.

Goodson was off duty when he spotted Brown, who was wanted on other charges. He waited for back-up, but when another officer arrived, Brown fired, hitting Goodson several times.

Wednesday, many people remembered Officer Goodson, including a local police department that has ties to the suspect and the city where the shooting happened.

Whiteville and Lumberton are a little more than 30 miles apart, and there are many connections between the two places. Some people live in one of the cities but work in the other, and a lot of people who live in Whiteville and Lumberton are friends or are related.

However, both police departments have something in common they wish they didn't – they've both had run-ins with Brown.

Their second incident with brown happened earlier this year.

"After attempting to stop him, he led us on a chase into Bladen County," said Sgt. Andre Jackson. "We had to get assistance from the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, highway patrol, and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. He eventually crashed and we caught him."

That's not the department's only connection to the tragedy -- some Whiteville officers live in Lumberton, including detective Scott Moody.

Moody lives five miles from the store where Goodson was shot, and even met the fallen officer once.

"The gist of our conversation was, ‘Hey how are you? How are the kids,'" said Moody. "We talked about Whiteville. Lumberton is sad today."

According to the Columbus County Clerk of Courts office, Brown has faced eight charges in Columbus County, including assault of a government official, possession of stolen goods, and resisting a public officer.

While officers mourn the loss of Goodson, many feel grateful to be alive.

"I think about the two run-ins I had with him [Brown]," said Jackson. "I keep thinking it could have been me.'

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