- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A sheriff’s deputy has been fired in North Carolina after he suggested on Facebook that the people involved in a deadly country club brawl over the weekend were food stamp recipients.

Charles Patrick Foreman was fired from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into comments he made on social media about a fight Sunday morning at a private party at Lakewood Country Club in Salemburg that left one person dead and several others injured.

Three people were shot, one person was stabbed, and two people were beaten, authorities said. Anthony King, 41, of Roseboro died from gunshot wounds, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

The fight also left one deputy with cuts and a cruiser damaged after it was struck by people trying to escape the scene.

No one has been arrested, but authorities said they have persons of interest in the case, ABC reported.

Hours after the brawl, one person wrote on The Sampson Weekly’s Facebook post about the incident: “They want be getting there deposit back.”

Mr. Foreman, 45, replied, “It don’t matter, it was paid for on EBT.”

EBT, or Electronic Bank Transfer, is used to issue food stamp benefits to recipients, ABC reported.

Mr. Foreman was fired Tuesday, the sheriff said.

“The Sheriff’s Office is dependent upon the public trust to be effective in its mission. The men and women of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office work too hard to earn the trust and respect of the citizens. I do not condone or tolerate any behavior on the part of my employees that brings the integrity of the Sheriff’s Office into question,” Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said in a statement.

He said investigators are continuing their investigation into the shooting.

“Priority number one is making sure that we catch the person that killed Mr. King,” added Capt. Eric Pope.

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