2 arrested after Johnston County car chase, shootout
Posted October 25
Smithfield, N.C. — Authorities arrested two people following an officer-involved shooting and car chase Monday night in Johnston County.
The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said a deputy on patrol tried to make a traffic stop around 10 p.m. on Cleveland Road near Barber Mill Road in Clayton. The driver of the vehicle did not stop, and the deputy pursued the car.
The occupants of the vehicle shot at the deputy during the chase as it continued down Spaniel Lane, which ends in a cul-de-sac. The driver of the suspect vehicle then turned around and aimed the car at the deputy who had gotten out of her vehicle.
Authorities said the deputy fired shots at the suspects' vehicle as it careened toward her. The deputy's shots hit the car, which crashed, and the suspects fled on foot.
One of the suspects was caught immediately, while a second suspect was caught early Tuesday morning following a K-9 search.
The sheriff's office said Datrel K'chaun Lyons, 19, of Clayton, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony conspiracy. Gerald Thomas Holmes III, 23, of Smithfield, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony conspiracy and felony probation violation.
Authorities are looking for a third suspect. Anyone with information about the suspects should call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at 919-989-5010.