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LUMBERTON, N.C. — A prosecutor says he will seek a death sentence if a suspect is convicted in the shooting death of a Lumberton police officer.

District Attorney Johnson Britt said Wednesday he will seek the death sentence against 27-year-old Marques Brown.

Brown is charged with shooting and killing Officer Jeremiah Goodson on Tuesday.

Police say Goodson was shot while he and another officer were trying to arrest Brown on outstanding charges. Goodson had seen Brown at a gas station near Interstate 95 and called for backup to make the arrest.

Killing a law enforcement officer is an aggravating circumstance in North Carolina that can allow prosecutors to seek a death sentence.

Goodson is the first Lumberton police officer to die in the line of duty since 1936.

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