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Man arrested after Edgecombe deputy's patrol car shot up

Posted November 30, 2010
Updated December 3, 2010

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— A Rocky Mount man was arrested Tuesday morning after firing a shotgun at a patrol car as an Edgecombe County deputy responded to a domestic disturbance, authorities said.

Marquan Lamont Underhill, 22, of 1736 Thru St., was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, injury to personal property, domestic criminal trespassing and possession of a stolen firearm, Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight said.

The deputy, whose name wasn't released, wasn't injured in the incident, but his patrol car was shot 12 times, Knight said.

A woman called for help at about 8:30 a.m., saying a man was on her porch at 1008 Wave Lane with a shotgun. By the time the deputy arrived, the woman had gotten out of the house unharmed, but the man was still on the porch, Knight said.

The man opened fire on the approaching patrol car and then fled into some nearby woods when the deputy returned fire, Knight said. Deputies set up a perimeter around the area and apprehended the man with the shotgun shortly before 10 a.m.

The woman told investigators that she had broken up with the man on Sunday, and she saw him approach her house Tuesday morning with the shotgun, which he put under his chin like he planned to kill himself, Knight said. He then drove off, allowing her to escape with two children, before apparently returning to the house, the sheriff said.

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  • stayfit168 Nov 30, 2010

    Thanking GOD for protecting the Edgecombe Co Deputy today...asking GOD to keep a watch on all of the LEO's that risk their lives everyday to protect us! God Bless'em!

    (A law enforcement wife)
    Melissa

  • Mr. Sensible Nov 30, 2010

    Hey dude ,, aint no woman worth that trouble man.

  • monkeyboy Nov 30, 2010

    "Edgecombe deputy's patrol car shot up".

    jeez louse, wral, how redneck can a story headline be? i miss the days of editors and quality control in journalism...

  • Joe Schmoe Nov 30, 2010

    [airbornemonty: Rocky Mount is a small town with a hugh cime problem.]Who's this guy Hugh, and why isn't he in jail?

  • illegals--GO HOME Nov 30, 2010

    So glad this deputy did not get injured!! Great job to all the LEO's who had to go apprehend this id i ot.

  • dixieboy Nov 30, 2010

    Even with shorties my rem. 870 (with a mag extension & no plug) will only hold nine. The point being made is that the cruiser was likely only shot once. Sensational reporting.

  • the river rat Nov 30, 2010

    "What in the world is going on in this little town where criminals roam around shooting up the country side and the law enforcement isn't able to control it."

    Fortunately the county leadership has a plan they say will solve all our problems. SuperChicken to the rescue.

  • housemanagercary Nov 30, 2010

    What in the world is going on in this little town where criminals roam around shooting up the country side and the law enforcement isn't able to control it.- airbornemonty

    One of the same problems that Fayetteville has: I-95

  • airbornemonty Nov 30, 2010

    Rocky Mount is a small town with a hugh cime problem.

    Seriously now, has the state of North Carolina turned Rocky Mount into the state penal colony?

    For the size of the town it surpasses the crime in cities several times its size, like Durham, Fayetteville and Raleigh.

    What in the world is going on in this little town where criminals roam around shooting up the country side and the law enforcement isn't able to control it.

  • meBNme Nov 30, 2010

    "I can't think of a shotgun that holds 10 rounds. So, unless he had time to reload, there had to be another weapon involved."

    #4 buckshot has 12 to 14 pellets roughly the size of a 22 bullet.

    One round could easily produce 10 holes.

    They also make shorties.
    I think they are 1.5 inches long, and allow you to fit twice as many shots in place of the 3 or 3.5 inch magnums.

    So, yes, many shotguns can hold 10 rounds, and most shotguns can produce 10 holes with one round.
    Nothing unusual there.

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