11:15 am UPDATE (9/3/19):   SA Brian Joy was discharged from the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill on Monday, September 2, 2019, after sustaining serious injuries during an explosion on July 26, 2019, while conducting a render safe mission of bomb making materials.  Brian is now at home with his family where he will continue to recover.

ASAC Tim Luper, who was also injured, is scheduled to have another surgery on his shoulder today.  We continue to keep Brian and Tim in our prayers.


11:30 am UPDATE (8/7/19):  ASAC Tim Luper has been discharged from the hospital.  He was able to go home Saturday, August 3, 2019, with his family and continue recovering at home.  SA Brian Joy is recovering well.  He remains at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill where he is listed in critical condition.  We ask that everyone continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to recover.

1:55 pm UPDATE (7/31/19):  ASAC Tim Luper and SA Brian Joy both underwent surgery yesterday.  Their surgeries went well.  Brian remains listed in critical condition and Tim remains in stable condition.  Please continue to pray for both Tim and Brian.
Future updates will be provided when there’s new information to share.


12:50 pm UPDATE (7/29/19):  ASAC Tim Luper and SA Brian Joy continue to recover at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.  They have both been in good spirits.  Tim’s injuries include second degree burns and a dislocated shoulder.  He is scheduled to have surgery to repair his shoulder tomorrow.  As a result of Brian’s third degree burns, he will also have surgery tomorrow. 
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Tim, Brian and their families during this difficult time.  The support has been tremendous.  On behalf of the Luper and Joy families, thank you!  We’ve heard from so many people expressing their concern for Tim and Brian – citizens and law enforcement near and far, we thank everyone for their continued prayers.  
As it relates to the local, state and federal investigation into the individual in possession of the bomb-making materials, it remains ongoing and therefore, no additional information can be shared at this time.
Contact:  Angie Grube, Public Information Director, SBI
6:38 pm UPDATE (7/26/19):  Units remain on the scene of the residence where two SBI agents were injured overnight.  This includes SBI, FBI and ATF.  They will continue to investigate, search and properly dispose of any bomb-making materials as part of the render safe mission.  As a result, explosions may be heard during this time. 
The SBI agents’ conditions remain the same.   

UPDATE (7/26/19):  Special Agent Brian Joy is now listed in critical condition, no longer in stable condition as described below.  ASAC Tim Luper remains in stable condition.

Contact:  Angie Grube
Raleigh, NC (July 26, 2019) – Early Friday morning on July 26, 2019, two agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Bomb Squad were injured.  Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Timothy Luper and Special Agent Brian Joy were in Sampson County Thursday night assisting the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.  During a search that went into early Friday morning, they found some bomb making materials.  As they were conducting a render safe mission on those materials, an explosion occurred injuring both agents.  Agent Joy was airlifted to the NC Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill for treatment.  ASAC Luper was later transported to the burn center for treatment as well.  Both men are in stable condition.
Please keep the agents and their families in your thoughts and prayers as they recover.