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Man leads troopers on three-county chase, commits suicide

Posted November 14, 2008

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— An armed robbery suspect died early Friday after leading state troopers on a chase through three counties.

Troopers chased the man, Kelly Ray Batchelor, 33, through Pender, Duplin and Sampson counties. At one point, Batchelor fired shots, authorities said.

Sampson County deputies threw out tire spikes, bringing the chase to a halt on U.S. Highway 421 just south of Clinton. Negotiators tried to get Batchelor to surrender, but he shot and killed himself, officials said. No one else was hurt.

Batchelor was from Wilmington and had numerous felony and misdemeanor convictions on his record, authorities said. He was on probation.

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  • jimbo141 Nov 14, 2008

    jimbo, I nor you can say with any accuracy whatsoever where this man or anyone else will spend eternity!!! My only advice to you is to be very careful about judging others because with the same degree you might be judged by the true Judge (God). Have a wonderful day!!!
    madisongunter
    i'm not judging, just taking a wild guess! maybe i should have a little more compassion, but crooks and people who have no respect for other people and their belongings just don't get any sympathy from me.

  • Ripcord Nov 14, 2008

    If he had numerous prior felony convictions, and he was only 33, what was he doing back out on the streets to begin with? Sounds to me like he should have been a lifer.

  • johnny2times Nov 14, 2008

    Glad to hear that no law enforcement officers were hurt.

  • ghimmy51 Nov 14, 2008

    I am perfectly willing to face God or anybody else and I do judge we are better off without this man here with us.

  • Winthro Nov 14, 2008

    leo-nc
    No doubt. My sentiments exactly.

  • leo-nc Nov 14, 2008

    I could care less where he spends eternity. I'm just glad he didn't hurt someone else in his ridiculous act of selfishness.

  • madisongunter Nov 14, 2008

    jimbo,
    I nor you can say with any accuracy whatsoever where this man or anyone else will spend eternity!!! My only advice to you is to be very careful about judging others because with the same degree you might be judged by the true Judge (God). Have a wonderful day!!!

  • jimbo141 Nov 14, 2008

    i know it not right, but the crook saved the taxpeyers a lot of money and someone from possibly getting hurt or killed later. i'll bet it's warm where he went!!!!

  • Geejay Nov 14, 2008

    I wonder if they will update this story like they do Raleigh and there areas. I would like more details because I live right off of 421 south.