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Suspects In Custody After Durham Shooting, Two-County Chase

Posted November 18, 2004

— Three men are charged in an early-morning shooting and hour-long chase through Durham and Orange County early Wednesday morning.

Durham police were dispatched to a break-in at Foxfire Apartments on Wyldewood Road at 4:25 a.m.

When they arrived, police found 19-year-old Reubin Garnett had been shot in the pelvis.

Another officer arriving at the scene noticed a Mitsubishi speeding from the area and tried to stop it, but said it kept going.

Police and Durham County sheriff's deputies chased the vehicle from Guess Road to Interstate 85 into Orange County and back to Durham.

Rick Sawin was on the road when the cars passed him.

"You could hear the sirens coming and as I pulled out of Cannon onto Guess Road, I saw this caravan of cops flying down Guess Road," he said.

The chase ended at about 5:20 a.m. at the intersection of North Roxboro and Horton roads after the Mitsubishi ran a red light and collided with a southbound van driven by Richard Campbell, 48, of Roxboro.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jerred Daniel Thompson, 24, of Durham, was ejected from the car and taken to Durham Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Two passengers in the car -- Jarred Lee Bishop, 23, of Raleigh and Thaddius Wright, 22, of Durham -- were taken to the Durham Police Department for questioning. Wright originally gave investigators a false name.

Officers recovered two guns from the Mitsubishi.

Investigators charged the three men with first-degree burglary; first-degree kidnapping; assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; conspiracy to commit robbery; robbery with a dangerous weapon; cruelty to animals -- a dog was killed during the shooting inside the apartment -- and larceny of a motor vehicle -- the Mitsubishi was stolen.

Thompson and Bishop are also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Thompson is facing numerous traffic charges. Wright was arrested on several old warrants including one for trafficking in cocaine.

Garnett was taken to Duke University Hospital. Police said Garnett and the suspects knew each other and investigators believe the motive for the incident was robbery.

The Durham Police Department has a strict chase policy, but officers are allowed to chase suspects in violent felonies.

Police said Thompson has been in trouble with the law in Durham before. Previous charges include breaking and entering into cars, driving without a license and heroin charges.

Campbell was not injured.

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