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Authorities search for Johnston County man allegedly shot by stepson

Posted November 18, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014

— Johnston County authorities searched Tuesday for a man who they believe was shot by his stepson late Monday night and then disappeared before authorities arrived.

Investigators said that a neighbor went to a home at 8068-B Stricklands Crossroads Road around 9:45 p.m. and found Brandon Lee Slade, 37, with a gun and his stepfather, Gilbert Stanley, 62, on the ground.

Deputies observed blood when they arrived, but both men were gone, prompting a manhunt in the area for the two.

A shoeless Slade surrendered around 11 a.m. Tuesday on Stricklands Crossroads, after a WRAL News crew spotted him and walked with him to speak with an investigator.

Slade said he wasn't sure why authorities might be looking for him.

"So far, it's violating a restraining order or something. I don’t know," he said before approaching deputies.

They took Slade into custody and charged him with with possession of or attempted to possession of a firearm in violation of a domestic violence protective order and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

He remained in the Johnston County jail Tuesday under no bond.

Investigators will continue their search for Stanley Wednesday morning.

"We still don't know where he is or how he is," said Stanley's sister, Katie Stanley. "We just have to wait."

Katie Stanley said Slade was involved in a custody dispute with the family over his 7-year-old son, and a neighbor said Slade was staying with him up until last night.

Investigators, however, haven't commented on a motive for the shooting, and they have not released any other information about the case.

Anyone with information about the Gilbert Stanley should call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at 919-989-5000.


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  • COPs eye Nov 21, 2014

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    guess you were wrong....

  • ashewing Nov 19, 2014

    wow, very brave (aka - not very smart) broadcast journalism. She's lucky he wasn't armed.

  • GoHeelsGo Nov 19, 2014

    Deputy did a good job of searching the guy before putting him in the back of the car.

  • Keith Hayes Nov 19, 2014
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    It would have been kind of funny if the reporters had been shot walking up to a suspect in a shooting instead of trying to alert the deputies that this guy was walking up the road..

  • Debbie Norris Nov 18, 2014
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    Too close to home!

  • Pepe Silvia Nov 18, 2014

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    I'm going to assume the investigators on the case know more than you do and more that was released to the public. Obviously they have a good reason to believe there was a victim (blood perhaps?) and finding the victim will determine how to charge the suspect (ex: attempted murder vs murder)

  • jackaroe123 Nov 18, 2014

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    I don't see color. I treat everyone and everything exactly the same.
    I'm a horrible painter.
    Choosing a banana is a complete roll of the dice for me.
    At least I don't even know what race is b/c that would make me racist.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 18, 2014

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    Are you saying that all white people look the same?

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Nov 18, 2014

    To the family: We're praying everything works out soon.

  • Amy Smathers Nov 18, 2014
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    You do see the big ole pic of the white guy, right? There's your description. A picture speaks louder than words.