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Dramatic arrest ends Spring Lake shooting, standoff

Posted January 17, 2014

— Harnett County deputies crashed into a fleeing car in Spring Lake Friday morning and arrested the driver, ending what began hours earlier as a domestic dispute and shooting.

Ericka Boyd said her boyfriend, identified as Bradley Campbell, showed up at her home, at 28 Kelly Creek St in the Anderson Creek Mobile Home Park, shortly after 1:30 a.m. and became abusive.

"I woke up to him kicking in the door with a pistol in his hand," Boyd said. "When I saw the pistol in his hand, I started begging him not to hurt us."

She said Campbell was hitting her and some friends came to her aid. Campbell then shot Mark Simon three times in the abdomen, she said.

Lenterrell Ray, who also was in Boyd's home, said he felt lucky to escape after seeing Simon shot.

"After he shot him, I got up and ran in the kitchen to try to get to the back door. But I fell in the kitchen, and he was right there over me with a gun in my face," Ray said. "Then, he turned around to go back to the living room, and that's when I ran out the back door."

Boyd also was able to escape the home with her 2-month-old son, but Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said Campbell held Simon and two other children, a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, hostage inside.

Rollins said deputies responding to a report of a burglary, a domestic dispute and an assault then began negotiating with Campbell. They spoke with him through the night and persuaded him to release Simon shortly before 6:30 a.m. Two hours later, deputies talked him into letting the children go. They were unharmed.

Simon, 18, of Coats, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, and Rollins said he was in fair condition Friday morning.

Campbell threatened to kill himself several times during the standoff, Rollins said, coming out of the mobile home with a gun to his head before heading back inside.

"We had worked out with him to come out on his own. He came out of the house several times, but he would always have a gun to his head," the sheriff said. "So, we let him go back because we didn't want to harm him, obviously. At that point, he wasn't trying to harm us."

Shortly after 10 a.m., he emerged from the house again and jumped into a silver, four-door sedan and tried to drive off. Rollins said deputies opened fire on the car, trying to shoot out the tires. Deputies in patrol cars surrounded the sedan, crashing into it twice from different directions.

More than two dozen law enforcement officers from various agencies then surrounded the car with guns drawn, and several tried unsuccessfully to pry open the driver's door. They then broke out the driver's window and pulled the driver out through it and took him into custody.

Campbell, 22, of Lillington, was charged with attempted murder, five counts of first-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by felon.


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  • oleguy Jan 17, 2014

    Whos gonna pay for all the damage?

  • sunshine1040 Jan 17, 2014

    Too bad he did not take the weapon he was not suppose to have and use on himself first. I hope his former friends grow up and start to choose their friends wisely

  • teleman60 Jan 17, 2014

    Once again - WHERE DID HE GET THE GUN!!! Convicted felon with a handgun. Whoever bought him the gun should be going to jail.

  • GOPtakersSociety Jan 17, 2014

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    seriously, are you that afraid of the Government?

  • 1775 Jan 17, 2014

    Great job officers!

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 17, 2014

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    Children were rescued by officers and your concern is what clothes they wore? To answer your question, they were surrounding a house with an armed person that has already fired on people, showing up wearing orange vest would not be the smart thing to do, thus the cammies.

  • Fuquay Resident Jan 17, 2014

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    thats so they can hide from the suspect...duh! Plus it's the standard SRT uniform.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 17, 2014

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    They probably needed it as that area is also heavily wooded. Perfect place for a suspect to flee.

  • heard-it-all-before Jan 17, 2014

    what's with all the dramatic forest camouflage? so we won't really notice when Posse Comitatus is abolished?

  • girlwonders Jan 17, 2014

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    All of that area is not low income, and this type of situation is not all that commonplace. This section of Spring Lake is in Harnett County, I live about 3 miles from there, in a middle class neighborhood and I love it. No worries about my safety and it is peaceful and quiet. Moved there a little over a year ago and couldn't be happier.