Officers were justified in shooting and killing suspect Brandon Smith in a wooded area near Wrightsboro.
That's the word from the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office.
Smith was sought for shooting and wounding a New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy October 10th.
Several law enforcement agencies were involved with the pursuit of a vehicle in which Smith a passenger.
That chase, on October 13th, ended with Smith fleeing on foot into the wooded area.
Officials say they ordered Smith to stop and raise his hands, but instead, they say he reached into his waste band and took out something that appeared to be a gun.
Investigators say that object turned out to be a cell phone.