Garysburg, NC – Northampton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) Deputy Makeem “Trell” Brooks died in the line of duty on Nov. 14 as he was responding to a report of shots fired.
Deputy Brooks, 27, was traveling along Highway 158 West near Garysburg on his way to the Gaston area when he lost control of his patrol vehicle at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 13, the NCSO said in a press release.
The deputy’s patrol vehicle hit a ditch on the left side of the roadway, then overturned several times, according to WNCN.
He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal collision, WFMY reported.
Deputy Brooks joined the NCSO just six months ago, according to his department.
Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith said that Deputy Brooks was just 12 years old when they first met, WTKR reported.
Back then, the future deputy was still growing up in a rough neighborhood in South Rocky Mount, and Sheriff Smith was his mentor.
“That big smile that you see right here?” the sheriff said, holding up a picture of Deputy Brooks. “This is how I will remember him – with that smile on.”
Sheriff Smith said that Deputy Brooks was serving the citizens of his community when he was killed.
“He did the things that he loved doing – helping people,” the sheriff said.
"It is like losing a family member when one of your officers passes,” he told WRAL. “[He was a] young man with a lot of life, but he died doing what he loved doing – serving the citizens of this county.”
Deputy Brooks leaves behind four children, WITN reported.
“Deputy Makeem Brooks was a great deputy, who loved his job, was always eager to learn, always displayed a positive attitude, and very proactive,” the agency said in the press release. “Please keep the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement family in your prayers.”
Deputy Brooks will be laid to rest on Saturday, according to his obituary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Northampton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Makeem “Trell” Brooks, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.