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Former Rocky Mount police officer charged with murder

Posted March 22

— A former Rocky Mount Police officer is one of two people charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old on Tuesday, authorities said.

According to police, Traveon Sessoms Bullock was found in the front yard of a home in the 700 block of Powell Drive with gunshot wounds at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Bullock was taken to an area hospital, where he died.

Leo Isham Kearney, 26, a former Rocky Mount Police officer, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Bullock's death.

Dexter Jamal Williams, 19, is charged with accessory after the fact.

Officers responding to the scene said they spotted a vehicle believed to be involved in the case and conducted a traffic stop. The traffic stop led to the arrests.

Both Kearney and Williams were being held in the Nash County Jail.

Kearney left the Rocky Mount Police Department in September 2015, police said. He had a number of disciplinary actions taken against him between 2011 and 2015, when he was with the department.

Several parents told WRAL News that fights broke out Wednesday at Nash Central High School and their children are concerned the fights were related to the shooting. Police confirmed there was at least one fight, but would not say if the fight and shooting were connected.


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  • Ben Hill Mar 22, 6:03 p.m.
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    But it is fitting, coming from a former reliable news outlet

  • Jeff Freuler Mar 22, 5:37 p.m.
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    Nice way to sensationalize a headline. Would you say former plumber, gynecologist, banker, taxi driver...... no you wouldn't